Pet Turtle Lifespan & Size Chart

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Pet Turtle Lifespan & Size Chart

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The infographic provides information about the lifespan and size of 6 popular pet turtle species, as well as some general insights on why turtles live long lives. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the content:


  • Lifespan & Size of 6 Most Popular Pet Turtles

General Information:

  • It is stated that pet turtle species can live for more than decades, and getting a pet turtle means acquiring a lifelong family member.
  • The secret to the long lives of turtles includes their slow metabolism, protection from predators, and a healthy lifestyle.

Red Eared Slider:

  • Lifespan: In captivity, they can live up to 40 to 50 years, but they typically live 20 to 30 years in the wild.
  • Size: A full-grown Red Eared Slider’s size can be between 7 to 12 inches, and their weight can be between 3 to 6 pounds.

Map Turtle:

  • Lifespan: Map turtles can live from 15 to 100 years in captivity, but some species live up to 5.5 years at best in captivity.
  • Size: Female map turtles have significant growth, which is up to 12 inches, while male map turtles reach only half this size, at 6 inches.

Painted Turtle:

  • Lifespan: The average lifespan is 20 to 30 years, but they have been known to live over 50.
  • Size: Male Painted Turtles are not significantly larger than females, rarely exceeding 8 inches in length, and southern painted turtles are not normally larger than 6 inches.

Box Turtle:

  • Lifespan: The average lifespan is almost 50 years, but with proper care or treatment, they can live up to 100 years or more. Most die between the age of 40 years to 50 years.
  • Size: Box turtles grow to an adult size between 4.5 and 6 inches, with the largest recorded box turtle measuring an impressive 13/16 inches.

Softshell Turtle:

  • Lifespan: The average lifespan of a softshell turtle is around 50 years, but depending on the subspecies, longevity can be between 11 to 40 years.
  • Size: An adult female softshell turtle can be between 7 to 25 inches, while an adult male typically grows between 5 to 12 inches.

Snapping Turtle:

  • Lifespan: Snapping turtles reach maturity at 8 to 10 years and can live up to 40 years or more.
  • Size: The common snapping turtle is large, ranging in size from 8 to 14 inches with a record length of 19.3 inches. Their weights range from 10 to 35 pounds, with a record of 75 pounds.

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