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Facts about Turtles

Updated on October 22, 2009

Interesting Turtle Facts

Here are some interesting facts about turtles and their cousins tortoises. I hope you are going to like these facts.

Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest of living chelonians. The biggest leatherback on record is a male found dead on a beach in Gwynedd, Wales on 23 September 1988. It measured 9 ft. 5 1/2 inches over the carapace, nine feet across the flippers, and weighed 2,120 lb.

The eggs of the giant snake-necked turtle stop developing when the nest temperatures drop below a certain level and then resume when the temperatures rise. Because of this phenomenon, incubation normally takes 12 months.

Some species of turtles have hinges on either the carapace or the plastron, which allow them to close their shell.

Red-eared sliders are popular pets. Another fact is that I also have the red-eared sliders as pets.

There is a worm-like, fleshy structure on the tongue of the snapping turtle which it waggles to attract fish.

Tortoises and turtles do not have teeth. They use their jaws to cut and chew the food and use their tongue to swallow the food, but they can't stick out their tongue to catch insects.

In prehistoric times, there was a species of turtle that used to be 10 feet long and probably weighed 4000 to 5000 pounds. It is named as Stupendemys geographicus.

Turtles have been on earth for more than two-hundred million years.

Box turtles often live more than hundered years.

The smallest of all sea turtles is Kemp's Ridley while Leatherback turtle is the largest of all sea turtles.

Ancient turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, except from these two qualities they were almost like the modern day turtles.

A group of turtles is known as a bale.

Chelodina rugosa, the northern long-necked turtle of Australia lays its eggs under water. The eggs remain dormant in the nest until the waters recede and then development begins.

Aquatic turtles are able to absorb oxygen through their neck and cloacal area which allow them to stay under the surface of the water for extended periods and for hibernation.

Turtles are taken as symbols of longevity. The organs of turtles do not break down or become less efficient as time passes. The liver, lungs, and kidneys of a centenarian turtle have been found to be indistinguishable from its immature counterparts.


It is said that there are around 250 different species of turtles. To read facts on a few common turtle species visit: Turtle Facts

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    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting facts. Turtles/tortoises captured my attention when it was on the news that one lived for 250 years. I just found it mind-boggling to imagine something living through the American Revolution and Civil Wars (etc.) and still being around until recently. In response to fascination with it my family pointed out, "It's not like it was walking on US soil during those times." I knew that - but still...... :)

      http://www.evroccck.com/misc/worlds-oldest-animal-...

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Dude! Where the heck have you been? I was just wondering about you. Well, in any case, it's great to hear from you again. I hope everything is cool.

      Great hub. There is some speculation that without human intervention, that sea turtle could live "forever." Thanks and keep in touch!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanx for commenting Lisa and Dohn.

      Dohn, I was a bit busy with other stuff online, so thought of taking a break from hubpages. Missed you all.

      Yea, this speculation seem to make sense as turtle is a symbol of longitivity and their organs do not break down or become less efficient as time passes. The liver, lungs, and kidneys of a centenarian turtle have been found to be indistinguishable from its immature counterparts.

      Lisa I am glad you posted a comment that adds a lot to this hub.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is interesting. son daryl will be very interested with this kind of hub. will tell him.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanx for comment bingskee, glad you found it interesting. Do tell him, does he like turtles and other animals?

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      Sara Tonyn 7 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      What a fun, informative hub! I had one heck of a day so it was great therapy and a wonderful change of pace to read something interesting and non-controversial! Thank you for providing me with such a cool "you-learn-something-new-every-day" distraction. I think we could all learn something from the slow but steady pace of turtles and the longevity that may result from it. :)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Hey Sara!

      Thanx for this wonderful comment. Trust me, I felt great after reading your comment, mine was also a long hectic day.

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      Jehan 5 years ago

      can turtles live on land?

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      dennis 4 years ago

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