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Turtles eat foods that are readily available in their particular environment, some of which might include fish, bugs and vegetation, according to About.com. Because different types of turtles live in different environments, their food supplies vary greatly based on location.


Turtles use low-pitched underwater vocalizations to communicate with each other. Scientists theorize that baby sea turtles in their eggs rely on vibrations to communicate and synchronize their hatching, improving their chances of survival.


Turtles inhabit virtually every terrestrial, aquatic and marine habitat in the world that is warm enough to permit activity. Turtles are residents of every continent except Antarctica and of all the world’s temperate and tropical oceans.


According to Scholastic, turtles differ in their movements based on their terrain. On land, turtles walk on the tip of their toes and move quite slowly, but in water a turtle's smooth shell and webbed feet allow it to move more freely. Some freshwater turtles can even move faster on land than land t


Alligators, crocodiles and big cats all eat turtles. In addition to alligators, freshwater and tropical turtles must be on the lookout for jaguars, large lizards and caimans, which crunch right through a turtle's shell.


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.


As of 2009, there are 270 species of turtles, and more are being discovered. Turtles have been on the Earth for 230 million years and predate dinosaurs. Turtles have developed multiple habitats and live anywhere except the Arctic and Antarctic.


Sounds are produced by at least 47 species of turtles, even though they lack vocal cords and they do not vocalize often. Chelonians (turtles, tortoises and terrapins) can make sounds by swallowing or by forcibly expelling air from their lungs.


Mammals have warm blood and hair on some or all of their bodies, and because a turtle lacks both of these things, it is not a mammal. A turtle is a reptile.


Turtles including painted turtles and snapping turtles eat fish, but other smaller turtles with weaker jaws tend to eat insects or eggs. Almost all turtles eat plants on a regular basis.