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
A turtle's ears are flat against the head, but a turtle can hear as well as a cat. Turtles have the same inner ear mechanisms that other animals do, and they also have an auditory nerve and the brain center required for hearing.Full Answer >
Soft-shelled turtles are primarily carnivores and eat any aquatic life small enough for them to capture. They have extremely long necks and pig-like noses that allow them to sniff for food between the cracks and crevices of rocks. Their diet includes worms, crickets, crayfish and shrimp. According to About.com, larger turtles eat pinky mice and small amphibians, such as frogs.Full Answer >
Both tortoises and turtles are able to flip themselves over from a supine position. Adaptations such as tall, uneven shells assist in creating an imbalance that allows the turtle or tortoise to roll back to its feet.Full Answer >
Depending on the species, a turtle can stay under water for hours, days, weeks or even months. Turtles that spend large amounts of time submerged have developed specialized means of capturing oxygen from the surrounding water via gills, special cells or their skin.Full Answer >