In honor of my Friends on the Turtles Over 50 Team as well as any other Sparkfriends who love Turtles, I am sharing some Facts that I recently learned about Turtles and Tortoises. I found these 'Facts' by randomly searching the Net so I cannot say for sure that they are all completely True. But it was kind of fun reading. Please feel free to add any Facts that I missed.
The Green Sea Turtle gets her name from the color of her body fat.
Tortoises store sperm and have been known to produce fertile eggs 3 YEARS after the last mating.
Turtles breathe air and sleep underwater.
In Australia you MUST have a Reptile License to keep a Turtle.
Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
Most Turtles do not tolerate the cold very well, but the Blandings Turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region.
The top of the Turtle Shell is called the CARAPACE. The bottom is called the PLASTRON. The shell is made up of 60 different bones, all connected together.
Turtles have good Eye sight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and the sense of touch are both good. Even the shell contains nerve endings.
Most Turtles have 5 toes on each foot, with a few exceptions including the American Box Turtle of the carolina species that has 4 toes, & in some cases only 3.
Green Sea Turtles can stay underwater for as long as 5 hours. Their heart rate slows to conserve Oxygen. 9 minutes may elapse between heart beats.
Turtles cannot project their tongues out of their mouths. Flapping the loose skin under their chin or throat moves air over the Jacobsen's organ and allows them to smell. (I have actually seen Sparky do this~especially when I take him outside for a walk)
Turtles can become Obese. They tend to keep eating even when they are not hungry and then become Obese and/or throw up in the water.
In 1999 a three headed Turtle was found by Lin Chi-Fa in his pond in Southern Taiwan.
Police have used Snapping Turtles to help locate dead bodies.
Some aquatic Turtles can absorb Oxygen through the skin on their necks and cloacal areas allowing them remain underwater for extended periods of time and enabling them to hibernate underwater.
In plain English, that means THEY CAN BREATH THROUGH THEIR BUTTS!!
What can you do with YOUR B*#!!?