Sea turtles are found in the South Padre Island Texas. The Sea turtles swim through the use of custom-built prosthesis that enable them move swiftly in the water (Innis, Wolf & Suckling, 2019). On the other hand, Texas turtles are found in South-Central Texas areas (Hibbitts & Hibbits, 2016). They are part of the dry land category of animals. Unlike the Sea turtles that live in water, Texas turtles live on dry land. This marks a profound difference between the two animals’ life capacities to live in different terrains.
Both species are severely endangered animals (Valdivia & Hibbits, 2019). They face profound challenges in sustaining their survival capacity. The Sea turtles face enormous and huge predators in the sea (Lovich et al., 2018). The Texas turtles’ biggest threat is being collected as pets where the human care or lack of it and mishandling puts them in existential danger. The Texas turtles lack the ability to move fast, thus, increasing their chances of being hit by moving vehicles.
The distinctive features of the Texas turtles include their physical size which constitute of eight and half inches long (Hibbitts & Hibbits, 2016). They have yellow-orange accents on the plates of the upper shells. Also, they possess distinct elongated ulnar plate flopped and seen on the head just below the lower shell. On the hand, the Sea turtle is white in the bottom and has semi-piper flippers on their sides that enhance their release back to the wild. Their shells are made of carbon fiber making them profoundly strong (Putman et al., 2019). Thus, the two animals are fantastically amazing but face profound survival challenges.
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