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Completely Random Facts About Turtles

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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.

emoticonThe Green Sea Turtle gets her name from the color of her body fat.
emoticonTortoises store sperm and have been known to produce fertile eggs 3 YEARS after the last mating.
emoticonTurtles breathe air and sleep underwater.
emoticon emoticonIn Australia you MUST have a Reptile License to keep a Turtle.
emoticonTurtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
emoticonMost Turtles do not tolerate the cold very well, but the Blandings Turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region.
emoticonThe 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.
emoticonTurtles 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.
emoticonMost 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.
emoticonGreen 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.
emoticonTurtles 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)
emoticonTurtles 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.
emoticonIn 1999 a three headed Turtle was found by Lin Chi-Fa in his pond in Southern Taiwan.
emoticon emoticonPolice have used Snapping Turtles to help locate dead bodies.
emoticonSome 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!!
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