Turtle Vertebra

Overall Functions

  • Movement on land and water

Organization of Vertebra

Turtle Vertebra

Cervical Region

Cervical Region:

  • 8 vertebra
  • Function
    • Very flexible for folding of the neck
Dorsal Vertebra

Dorsal Vertebra:

  • 10 vertebra
  • Function:
    • Attachment for ribs that attach to the carapace (shell)
Sacrum

Sacrum:

  • 2 to 3 vertebra
  • Function:
    • Not fused to the carapace
Caudal Vertebra

Caudal Vertebra:

  • Similar to the coccyx in mammals
  • 12 plus vertebra
  • Tail:
    • Function: stability
    • Males are usually longer than females