Tokka is specifically identified as being an alligator snapping turtle, but no specific mention of the original species of the four brothers is made.

What species of turtles were our teenage ninja heroes?

  • come back to agents k, thnx, bia – Himarm Mar 13 '16 at 11:06

They are apperently Red-Eared sliders

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Within the second volume of the Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular comic book heroes were revealed as specimens of the red-eared slider.

Similarly, they are portrayed as Red-Eared Sliders in the movies:


  • Why yes, the resemblance is almost uncanny, I can see it now! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 19 '16 at 2:56
  • Nice answer. :-) – Praxis Feb 22 '16 at 3:39
  • are these turtles or tortoises? – user13267 May 15 '16 at 0:15

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