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.
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.
Due to this fusion, the shell acts like a ribcage on the exterior of turtles. Basically, turtles are bound to their shells.
Meaning when a turtle pulls its head inside their shell, their spine is contracting in unbelievable ways.
This joint allows turtles to pull together different sections of their shell as they retract inside. Cool, huh?
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.
In 1968, Russian scientists made turtles the first animals to launch into deep space. Oh, the turtles survived. Real Turtle Power!
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).
Turtles can make noise by moving their head in a way which forces air from their lungs.
While not true in all species, some turtles can breathe through their butts. This helps the animal breathe when submerged under water.
Some turtles can live over 100 years. The land based tortoises can live even longer.