How Long Can Turtles Stay Underwater?

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Turtles can stay underwater for various amounts of time. Typically, a turtle can stay underwater for up to 2 hours. Most turtles come up every few minutes however.
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Turtles can stay underwater for as long as two hours. While they are underwater, turtles are not breathing. They need to be on the surface of the water to breathe. You can find more information here: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/faq/fishfaq11.html
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