On a female turtle, the tail serves no purpose, but for male turtles, the tail houses the reproductive organs. Unlike with male turtles, the cloaca, which handles urinary, fecal and reproductive functions, is located under the tail and not housed inside the tail for females.Know More
Due to the tail on male turtles housing reproductive organs, these tails are much longer than the tails on females. When a male turtle reaches maturity, it goes through a growth spurt. During this phase, the size of the tail grows drastically and eventually extends past its back flippers. The tails on female turtles never go through such a growth spurt. As a result, one of the quickest ways to tell the sex of a turtle is to examine the size of its tail.
Although female turtles do not have a use for their tails, scientists assume female turtles still have tails for the same reason human males have nipples. No matter the sex of a human baby by the end of the pregnancy, all babies start off as females in the womb. As a result, all humans are born with nipples despite the fact males have no need for them. Scientists believe that, like humans, the gender of a turtle might not be decided until later in the incubation period.Learn more about Turtles
Snapping turtles live in shallow, freshwater bodies throughout North America. Two types exist, the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle. Common snapping turtles can be found in water bodies throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. Alligator snapping turtles are only indigenous to parts of Florida, Missouri, east Texas, Kansas, Indiana and Kentucky.Full Answer >
Turtles breathe by taking oxygen into the lungs and releasing carbon dioxide when exhaling. Water turtles hold oxygen in their lungs for longer periods than other animals, allowing them to remain submerged completely for many hours without running out of air.Full Answer >
Leatherback turtles can be found in a variety of locations ranging from the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean and other parts of the world including Canada, Norway, New Zealand and South America. This species of turtle were once prominent in every ocean, but now their population is rapidly declining, making them endangered.Full Answer >
Turtles like to eat fish, jellyfish, carrion and plant material. Other things turtles like to eat are small aquatic animals, such as frogs and salamanders. Some eat worms, insects and crustaceans. A turtle such as the common snapping turtle is omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material.Full Answer >