Turtle Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtles

  1.  Turtles have rigid beaks and use their jaws to cut and chew food.
  2. Turtles used to have teeth, which they appear to have lost about 150-200 million years ago.
  3. The upper shell of the turtle is called the carapace.
  4. The lower shell that encases the belly is called the plastron.
  5. Shells are commonly colored brown, black, or olive green.
  6. It has been reported that wood turtles are better than white rats at learning to navigate mazes although slower when running them.
  7. Even though some turtles spend large amounts of their lives underwater, all turtles and tortoises breathe air so they are forced to surface regularly to get a fresh breath.
  8. Like other reptiles, turtles lay eggs.
  9. A turtle’s diet varies greatly depending on where it spends most of it’s time.