Turtle reproduction process begins a couple of weeks before the nesting season. Two or more males may court a female at the same time. They copulate in the water; a few weeks later, the female emerges onto a beach at night to lay and bury between 50 to 200 eggs in the sand. Females nest every two or three years and can lay up to nine clutches each season.Continue Reading
Female sea turtles often emerge alone during high tide to lay their eggs. Using their front flippers, they dig a body pit and then create an egg cavity using their hind flippers. The eggs are surrounded in a thick, clear mucus that helps protect them. The females bury their eggs to keep them moist, hide them from predators, and maintain the correct temperature. The entire process can take over two hours, after which the females return to the water.
Sea turtles reach sexual maturity when they reach a certain size though some species continue to grow. The exact carapace size varies by species, with hawksbills reaching up to 37 inches. The age also varies dramatically across species; hawksbills can reach sexual maturity as early as three years, while green sea turtles can take up to 50 years.Learn more about Turtles
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 >
Terrestrial turtles, called tortoises, live on all continents except for Australia and Antarctica and inhabit many islands. Tortoises are found in a wide array of environments, including deserts and tropical rain forests. Most tortoises are herbivorous and have a diet consisting of leaves, fruits and flowers.Full Answer >
The term “miniature turtle” is incorrectly applied to hatchling turtles sold in the pet trade. The turtles are not miniature in any way; they are simply young. When provided with proper care, the small turtles eventually reach adult proportions, varying from 4 to 12 inches in diameter. Unfortunately for the turtles, few reach adulthood, instead falling victim to improper care and illness.Full Answer >
Snapping turtles bite. They are bad-tempered and should only be handled by experts. The common snapper can grow to 18 inches long and weighs between 25 and 35 pounds. Its cousin, the alligator snapper, can be nearly 3 feet long and weighs up to 150 pounds.Full Answer >