A turtle is a reptile that is easily recognized by most people. The characteristics of the turtle include short, stubby legs, a hard shell and a short neck and head. The turtle is also capable of withdrawing his neck and totally retreating into his shell. The oldest turtle was thought to have existed as long as 157 million years ago. It’s well-known that turtles move quite slowly and have difficulty getting around quickly. A turtle tattoo is symbolic of protection, healing and being able to withdraw from the world. This is because of the turtle being able to tuck its head into its shell. There is a variety of turtle tattoo designs to select from in many different styles.