Turtles are able to survive for two to three years without eating. A turtle is known to have survived for 30 years after being trapped in a box, but it is possible this turtle occasionally ate passing insects. Turtles can go into a state of suspended animation known as brumation.Know More
Turtles maintain fat pads they can draw energy from when food is scarce. They also have slow metabolisms under normal circumstances and require little food. Pet turtles are often fed only every three days.
Many turtles go into states of brumation during cold periods. Pet box turtles are noted to frequently go into states of brumation over the winter months.Learn more in Turtles
According to the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, it is nearly impossible to accurately estimate the age of a tortoise or turtle, unless it was acquired from an early age. The practice of counting growth rings, while helpful with trees, is only partially accurate with smaller tortoises and turtles.Full Answer >
To identify the species of a turtle, examine the shell, head, color, location and size. Leg and toe shape are also key factors in determining a turtle's type.Full Answer >
The largest ever recorded turtle was a leatherback turtle that weighed in at 2,016 pounds and was 9 feet long. It died after becoming trapped in fishing lines.Full Answer >
Snapping turtles are omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and animals. They commonly feed on insects, fish, small birds, eggs, leaves and larvae. They have also been known to eat carrion, which is dead meat left behind by other predators.Full Answer >