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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).
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Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,' the Mock Turtle replied; `and then the different branches of Arithmetic-- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
Alice did not feel encouraged to ask any more questions about it, so she turned to the Mock Turtle, and said `What else had you to learn?
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.
Muscat: Artificial lights installed along Ras Al Hadd coastline are distracting baby turtles, who are mistaking them for moon light, which is nature's way of leading them to the sea.
Dubai-based Jumeirah group marked World Sea Turtle Day with the release of 45 endangered sea turtles at Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah.
Summary: Tyre Beach Nature Reserve, along the coast of the southern city, is known for being the site where, every year without fail, sea turtles come to the shore to lay their eggs.
Marine turtles are some of the oldest surviving reptiles on the planet.
For years, threats to endangered turtles have made headlines in Yemeni newspapers.
According to the bases, camping and other activity on turtle nesting beaches at night can deter female turtles from nesting and lead them to lay eggs in the sea, potentially destroying 100 eggs.
The Naked Turtle(TM) Rum and Sea Turtle Conservancy Team Up for Year Two of Supporting Darker Shores for Nesting Turtles