Posts tagged ‘Turtle’

Does the turtle have a voice?

The turtle doesn’t have a voice in the way we usually think of a voice.  but many turtles, such as the giant land turtle, can hiss, crunt and even roar loudly.

Turtles are animals that are easy to recognized by their shells.

If you own a pet turtle, you have probably noticed that the turtle never seems to “talk”.  You may wonder if it has a voice at all.

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In the way we usually think of a voice, the answer is “no”, as far as most turtles are concerned.

Turtles seldom emit sounds, except during the nesting season.  Even then many can do little more that make a feeble piping sound or grunting to loud roaring, which can be heard for a quarter of a mile.

Some turtles hiss loudly when they are alarmed.

A few sea turtles can five a loud cry of anger or a “plea for mercy”  when captured by an enemy.

Most turtles apparently have good eyes sight and a good sense of smell and taste.  However, turtles do not hear well.  Some kinds may be deaf. – Dick Rogers

How does a turtle get into its shell?

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Everyone knows a turtle when he sees one.  Turtles are easy to recognize by their shells.  A baby turtle is born with a shell just the right size for its body.  As the turtle grows, its shell grows too.

The hard shells of most turtles are made up of a “bony box”  covered by horny plates.  A turtle can’t crawl out of its shell.  The shell makes up much of a turtle’s skeleton, and is firmly attached to its body.  Turtles are well-protected by their shells.  Some turtles, such as the box turtle, can pull their heads, tails, and legs into their shell when frightened.  Then, very few enemies can get at them.

All turtles hatch from eggs.  The mother turtle lays the eggs in a hole she has dug.  She then leaves them.  The sun’s warmth hatches the eggs in about two months.  As soon as the baby turtles are hatched, they are on their own.  They must be able to tend for themselves. – Dick Rogers

What is a snapping turtle?

Snapping Turtle

The common snapping turtle of North America is a large bad tempered turtle having a powerful jaws which snap with great forces.  This tells us how the snapping turtle gets its name.

Snapping turtles live in muddy streams and swampy ponds.  A full-grown “snapper” may weigh 30 pounds and have a shell a foot long.

It may look clumsy, but it can move quickly on land and can make short leaps on its strong legs to snaps its food.

When this turtle is attacked, it snaps with lightning speed, its strong, sharp-edged jaws can inflict dangerous bites.

A close relative of a common snapper is the big alligator snapping turtles that lives in the rivers of the gulf states.  They are the biggest snappers of all.

A big one can weigh 140 pounds or more.  A snapping turtles shell can be 2 feet long and is covered with rows of bumps, much like the skin of a real alligator. – Dick Rogers