The order Testudines represent the turtles, tortoises, and sea turtles. There are about 300 species of turtle alive today.


The following is a brief overview of the living taxa in this Order:

Family Chelydridae – Snapping Turtles
Family Thalassemyidae
Family Cheloniidae – Green Sea Turtles and Relatives
Family Dermochelyidae – Leatherback Turtles
Family Platysternidae – Big-Headed Turtles
Family Emydidae – Pond, Box and Water Turtles
Family Geoemydidae – Asian River Turtles, Asian Leaf Turtles, Asian Box Turtles and Roofed Turtles
Family Testudinidae – Tortoises
Family Carettochelyidae – Pignose Turtles
Family Dermatemydidae – River Turtles
Family Kinosternidae – Mud Turtles
Family Trionychidae – Softshell Turtles
Family Chelidae – Austro-American Sideneck Turtles
Family Pelomedusidae – African sideneck Turtles
Family Podocnemididae – Madagascan Big-headed and American Sideneck River Turtles

Species listed under Testudines