The average turtle walks at a rate of 3 to 4 miles per hour. A turtle swims at a speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour. Although turtles move slowly, they move at faster rates than the average tortoise.Know More
Turtles are the oldest living group of reptiles. Scientists have found remains of turtles that date back to the time when dinosaurs existed. Turtles are found throughout most temperate and tropical environments in the world and protect themselves with their armor-like shell and their powerful, beaked, toothless jaws.
Turtles cannot usually survive in cold temperatures, since their body temperatures match that of the outside water and air that surrounds them. If a turtle is in a cold environment for an extended period of time, its body processes may slow down and the turtle becomes immobile.Learn more about Turtles
Snapping turtles eat fish, invertebrates, reptiles, ambphibians, eggs, insects, small mammals, plant matter, mollusks and carrion. The snapping turtle is an omnivore and likely to eat anything that it can handle. It may even eat other turtles.Full Answer >
Turtles use low-pitched underwater vocalizations to communicate with each other. Scientists theorize that baby sea turtles in their eggs rely on vibrations to communicate and synchronize their hatching, improving their chances of survival.Full Answer >
A group of turtles is called a "bale." Many people use the term "herd" to refer to a group of turtles. No matter what species, all turtles belong to the order Testudines.Full Answer >
Snapping turtle adaptations include a camouflaged mouth interior, a worm-shaped appendage on the tongue and the use of a special sensory system to sense and capture prey. Perhaps the most well-known feature of snapping turtles is the mouth, which opens wide and contains a sharp, hook-like tool to snatch and grasp prey. This, and several other characteristics, help snapping turtles survive.Full Answer >