These Amazing Turtle Facts Will Leave You Shell Shocked

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These Amazing Turtle Facts Will Leave You Shell Shocked
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Who doesn't love pets? I love pets, and I have a turtle too. If you are like me and you love keeping your turtle happy, these are some amazing facts that you should know about your baby turtle.  

#1 Turtle Shells Are Made Up Of 50 Bones

#1 Turtle Shells Are Made Up Of 50 Bones

That's correct, the turtle shell isn't just one solid object. It's actually made up of 50 bones that fuse together turtles' ribs and vertebrae.

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#2 Turtles Cannot Remove Themselves From Their Shell

#2 Turtles Cannot Remove Themselves From Their Shell
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Due to this fusion, the shell acts like a ribcage on the exterior of turtles. Basically, turtles are bound to their shells.

#3 Turtle Spines Are Far More Flexible Than Human Ones

#3 Turtle Spines Are Far More Flexible Than Human Ones
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Meaning when a turtle pulls its head inside their shell, their spine is contracting in unbelievable ways.

#4 Some Turtle Shells Have Special Joints

#4 Some Turtle Shells Have Special Joints
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This joint allows turtles to pull together different sections of their shell as they retract inside. Cool, huh?

#5 Turtle Shells Aren't Technically Armor

#5 Turtle Shells Aren't Technically Armor
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While shells can provide protection, they also have nerves and a blood supply embedded within. Meaning a turtle can feel pain if their shell is struck.

#6 Turtles Were The First Animals In Deep Space

#6 Turtles Were The First Animals In Deep Space
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In 1968, Russian scientists made turtles the first animals to launch into deep space. Oh, the turtles survived. Real Turtle Power!

#7 Some Turtles Are Vicious Predators

#7 Some Turtles Are Vicious Predators
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Some turtles can weigh over 200 pounds and use their tongues to lure in their prey (it works because their tongue looks like a worm).

#8 Turtles Make Noise Without Vocal Cords

#8 Turtles Make Noise Without Vocal Cords
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Turtles can make noise by moving their head in a way which forces air from their lungs.

#9 Some Turtles Breathe Through Their Butts

#9 Some Turtles Breathe Through Their Butts
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While not true in all species, some turtles can breathe through their butts. This helps the animal breathe when submerged under water.

#10 They Can Live A Really Long Time

#10 They Can Live A Really Long Time
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Some turtles can live over 100 years. The land based tortoises can live even longer.