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A reptile that is a vector for campylobacteriosis, Edwardsiella tarda, salmonellosis

turtle

a reptile, member of the order Chelonia; most are aquatic or semiaquatic, fresh water or marine, but lay eggs on land. They have webbed feet or flippers and their body is covered by a horny shell from which only the legs, head and neck, and tail protrude when needed. The upper shell is called the carapace and the undershell the plastron.
There are inconsistencies in terminology. In the USA 'turtle' is used broadly for all reptiles with a shell, 'terrapin' applies to a large family, Emydidae, and 'tortoise' refers to the slow moving terrestrial species (the land turtles) that enter water only to drink or soak. In Great Britain and Australia 'tortoise' is applied generally to all members of the group except the marine species with paddle-shaped limbs which are called 'turtles'. 'Terrapin' is often used to describe the young tortoises commonly sold as aquarium pets.
Includes genera Chelonia, e.g. C. mydas (green turtle), Testudo, e.g. T. graeca (spur-thighed tortoise), T. hermanni (Hermann's tortoise), Gopherus, e.g. G. agassizi (desert tortoise), Clemmys, e.g. C. marmorata (Pacific pond turtle), Chrysemys, e.g. C. picta (painted turtle), Platemys, e.g. P. platycephala (Bolivian side-neck turtle).
References in classic literature ?
Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `--Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.
Well, I can't show it you myself,' the Mock Turtle said: `I'm too stiff.
I never went to him,' the Mock Turtle said with a sigh: `he taught Laughing and Grief, they used to say.
July to October is the peak time for turtle watching in Oman, and is considered a major tourist attraction.
The 45 turtles were rescued from UAE shores and treated by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project.
There's a lack of cultural awareness among some fishermen; when they catch the turtle, they directly kill it to get rid of it in order to protect their nets from tearing.
Marine turtle conservation experts from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Germany will be presenting papers at the Symposium, which aims to serve as an opportunity for knowledgesharing, experiences and lessons learnt in sea turtle conservation in Asia.
The WWF adds climate change as an important source of threat, impacting turtle nesting sites.
According to the announcement, all sandy beaches within the bases' area (Lady's Mile, Akrotiri turtle beaches, Kourion, Episkopi, Paramali, Evdhimou, and Pyla-Ormidhia) are closely monitored to protect turtle nests until they hatch with the support of volunteers who walk the beaches on a daily basis.
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I was relaxing on the shore when I saw a turtle being washed up.
Not so long ago, green turtle soup was a delicacy, turtles were harvested around the world, and in many places, the species was close to extinction.