Turtles (亀, kame) are a group of reptiles, identified by a shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. The earliest turtles date back from 215 million years ago. These reptiles have the ability to stay underwater for long periods at a time. Turtles are known to live a long life and, depending on the species, they can live from 10 to 100 years at most.
Softshell turtles (スッポン, Suppon) are turtles in the Trionychidae family. These light-shelled fresh water turtles are found in Africa, Asia, North America, and Southeast Asia. They are among some of the world's largest fresh water turtles.
Sea turtles (海亀, Umigame) are turtles in the Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae family. They are marine reptiles that inhabit all of the world's oceans except the Arctic.
Turtles in Touhou
In Strange and Bright Nature Deity Chapter 12, there was a discussion between Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame. It appears that there is a pond in the back of the Hakurei Shrine that inhabits some turtles.
According to Rinnosuke Morichika in Curiosities of Lotus Asia Chapter 18, kappa are youkai variants of softshell turtles. It is also known that while Rinnosuke is aware of sea turtles, they are only found in the outside world.
Characters under this Bestiary
- Genjii (Turtle most likely who became a type of Youkai)
- Nitori Kawashiro (Youkai softshell turtle, in the case that Rinnosuke's theory is correct.)