Turtle Functions and Procedures

Learning Objectives:

Turtles can do more than go forward, turn left, and turn right. The table below lists turtle functions and procedures.

Name Parameters Description
backward amount Moves the turle backward by the specified amount
color colorname Sets the color for drawing. Use ‘red’, ‘black’, etc
forward amount Moves the turtle forward by the specified amount
goto x,y Moves the turtle to position x,y
left angle Turns the turtle counter clockwise by the specified angle
pendown None Puts down the turtles tail so that it draws when it moves
penup None Picks up the turtles tail so that it doesn’t draw when it moves
pensize width Sets the width of the pen for drawing
right angle Turns the turtle clockwise by the specified angle
setheading angle Turns the turtle to face the given heading. East is 0, north is 90, west is 180, and south is 270.
shape shapename Should be ‘arrow’, ‘classic’, ‘turtle’, or ‘circle’
stamp None Leaves an impression of a turtle shape at the current location
Turtle None Creates and returns a new turtle object
xcor None Returns the x value of the turtle’s position
ycor None Returns the y values of the turtle’s position
    csp-14-1-1: What procedure would you use to change the size of the line the turtle leaves when it moves?
  • shape
  • Use shape to set the shape used for the turtle. It doesn't affect the line that is drawn.
  • xcor
  • Use this function to get the x value of the turtle's position
  • pensize
  • This changes the width of the line that the turtle draws as it moves.
  • color
  • Use color to change the line color and the turtle color.
    csp-14-1-2: What procedure would you use move the turtle to a given x and y position?
  • stamp
  • Use stamp to leave a copy of turtle shape at the current position.
  • xcor
  • Use xcor to get the x value of the turtle's position.
  • penup
  • Use penup to pick up the pen (stop drawing as you move).
  • goto
  • Use goto to move to the given x and y position.

Once you are comfortable with the basics of turtle graphics you can read about even more options on the Python Docs Website.

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