Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles and tortoises are part of the family, Testudines. Tortoises are diurnal and land-dwelling, while turtles spend most of their lives in the water. These two reptiles also have other cousins named terrapins. They can live up to 300 years, but sadly are the most highly endangered species. Unfortunately, they are poached excessively for use of food, cosmetics, and medicine.

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Turtles and Tortoises

What does a turtle's footprint look like?

If you were to take a sh(i)t on the ground and use your foot to then stomp on it, and then you were to take said foot and kick your dog down a flight of stairs. Turtle's would probably be aBLE to eat hotdogs but onky on Wednesdays.
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Do turtles play with toys?


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What do turtles eat?

You can buy special turtle food diet pellets at the pet store. You can also feed your turtle insects like worms, grasshoppers. crickets and more.

One of the more healthy foods for turtles are fruits but don't feed fruit to them all the time. They need their protein.

Vegetables and fruit. You need to make sure it gets a lot of water too.

There are many types of turtle and they eat anything from grass, algae and seaweed to insects and small fish.

Turtles eat spinach, turtle food, dandelions, lettuce, celery, goldfish, minnows ,tadpoles.

Leaves. They are herbivores.
Fish, Snails
well really it depends if the turtle is wild or not if it is not it eats of course turtle food.

if it is wild...........

they eat jellyfish, clams, and clown fish

turtles dietsit depends on what type of turtle e.g. an adult freen turtle is a strict vegetarian turtles dietsit depends on the type of turtle e.g. an adult green turtle is a strict vegetarian

A turtle is a vegaterian, meaning it eats only vegtables and fruits. Anything leafy and green should be fine. Some vegtables include: corn, green beans; beets; sweet potatoes; carrots; green peas; and squashes. Fruits: pumpkin; kiwi; mango; apple; strawberry; banana; tomato; blackberries; cantaloupe; blueberries; grapes; figs; and citrus fruits. NO MILK AND NEVERAVOCADO.
Turtles can eat many different fruits such as apples,bananas,and tomatoes. They can also eat small bugs,worms,and turtle food from the petstore
it depend on what turtle that is ...different turtle eat different things
A turtle will eat a variety of things. An aquatic turtle will eat insects. Insects should only be fed to a turtle a few times a week. They also eat crickets, mealworms, or comet gold fish. They also like mustard green foods, dark and leaft foods, and collard green foods.
I believe there are foods for turtles commercially available at some pet shops.
I believe there are foods for turtles commercially available at some pet shops.
what does turtles eat
Different species of turtle eat different things.

Some like water snails, others enjoy pieces of meat and fish.

Many species like to eat plants and fruits, try giving them a small piece of any veg or fruit you have.

Get a real pet.And get a life.
the sea turtle eats food

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Why do turtles belong to the reptile family and not the mammal family?

There are many reasons:

  1. they lay eggs unlike mammals
  2. they don't have fur/hair instead they have a ruff texture skin
  3. also what they eat
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What is a life span of a terrapin?

I have a terrapin and we needed to know how long she will live for and how big she would grow the man told us he would live for about 50-60 years and grow about the size of a large dinner plate

also if u dint know if its a boy or a girl then the girls skin is yellow and the boys skin is more greeny but im not sure if that is true or not

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Green Sea Turtles

What green turtles eat?

They eat jellyfish.

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Is there really only one Alligator Snapping Turtle left in the world?

No, and there NOT endangered!

They are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN list. I think you've ^ got them confused with the common snapper. Alligator snappers are different....

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Can tortoises eat carrot tops?

Carrot tops are high in oxalic acid, and have an unfavorable calcium/potassium ratio. We do occasionally give small amounts to our tort, she loves them, but it's probably best to avoid them.

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Do tortoises sleep with their eyes open?

NO. tortoises sleep normally like us with their eyes closed. i have one.

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How To

How to train a star tortoise?

Depends what you mean by "train"

Some say tortoises do come to know their owners, but it takes time.

One of mine comes towards me (or anyone else for that matter) if it's hungry.

I guess the most you can expect of a star torotise is that it will come towards you when you feed it - it might even feed from your fingers.

But don't expect them to do tricks...for that you need a different kind of pet - maybe a dog.

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Does turtles always close their eyes?

No, not always. if you have turtle pets you will notice probably. Maybe. I never had a pet with water, expect for fish.

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Care of Turtles
Snapping Turtles

What does a baby snapping turtle eat?

I had a snapping turtle and I fed it worms that you can buy at any discount food store. I fed him that and he was completely fine.

One other thing, go to chelydra.org and check out the forums. You can find all the info you need on snappers there.

Anything it can fit into it's mouth that moves, as well as a lot of things that don't move. Like most baby turtles, a baby snapper prefers live food. I picked one up from the middle of a road in my neighborhood a couple days ago. He is tiny, probably hatched last summer or fall. I put him in an aquarium with some gravel and about an inch of water and threw in a couple small earthworms and he ate them right away. As they get older they'll scavenge just about anything, but they love worms, tadpoles, frogs, small fish, and about any insect they find in front of them.

I have raised them for six years and fed mine earthworms leaf worms grubs and cut up leaches. Small black tadpoles and small fish, when they are young I have also fed them bologna. They also will eat pinky mice when they get old enough. The thing to note about snapping turtles is that they are carrion eaters, and scavengers so if you don't mind the mess they will work on the same fish for a few days if it's to big to eat in one sitting.

I just found my baby snapping turtle and i put him in a tank but don't put any tank rocks or fake plants because when there a baby if the get hungry they'll eat what ever he can get. I feed them earth worms minnows, and when they get older you can feed frogs to them, pink mice too.But don't worry if he doesn't finish it in one meal.

I feed my snapping turtle chunk cat food, and he eats aquarium plants and guppies too but he was a little slow to catch the guppies at first and was fun to watch him try! but cat food is the best thing

I have a baby snapper. He is one year old. he eats so much. is that normal? He is so fat but healthy i have his tank like a clean swamp real nice he loves crickets, raw chop meat and turtle shrimp what do you think?

i found a baby snapper have no idea how old it is very small (about the size of a quarter) i put it in a ten gallon tank with a little pond looking thing with gravel and rocks. im not sure what to feed it, it ate these pellets i got at the local pet store but it stopped. right now im trying lettuce and next im gonna try fish. (guppies)

The other day i was walking down a street in my neighborhhod and I found 9 baby snapping turtles. I intend to keep one but i think I will bring the others to a shelter or something. I will by them some worms , but i have only had them since yesterday, so for now its just bologna. I only have 2 plastic tubawairs for them for right now. But, hey atleast I saved their lives. I am not sure how old they are, but theye are about the size of a quarter and still have shells that are alittle squishy.

I found a wee little snapper, but I don't know how old it is. it still has its egg tooth... Anyway, I've been trying lettuce and bread, partially from an experience I had four summers ago(I was ten) in Florida where there was a huge snapping turtle and I dropped my slice of bread I was feeding the birds.... It stared at it for a second and then..... I didn't know turtles could move THAT fast!!! Anyway, i think I'll try next what you guys all said!

My grandfather found a little snapper turtle on his step and brought it inside. He gave it to us and we had no clue how to take care of it. We fed him a turtle food stick. We think he ate it because it is gone. We also read on this web sight that we should try to feed him guppies. Right now he is only 3 inches long. He moves very fast so we think he can catch the live guppies.

I found my cute little snapper 5 days ago and i fed it little pieces of bread. He loved it! My snapper is about the size of a half dollar. He is so cute! I put him in a reptile shelter cage with a rock and he loves it I can't wait to see him grow!!

My cute little snapper's name is woodchip because i found him lying under a woodchip!! I found my cute little snapper 5 days ago and i fed it little pieces of bread. He loved it! I don't know how old he is but he is about the size of a half dollar. He is so cute! I put him in a reptile shelter cage with a rock and he loves it I can't wait to see him grow!! HE IS AWESOME AND I LOVE HIM!!!

I found a baby snapping turtle in my pond.It is about the size of a quater.My friend and I are taking care of it.We feed it fish flakes and plants.

I have formed a club called "Save A Turtle".If you find a turtle in a street, you have to put it in a safe place,but if you find a baby turtle in a street, you have raise it,or you have to give it to me to raise.I found a baby snapp- ing turtle,but it was in my dad's pond.

Raw meat and vegetables, but they are also fond of fingers, so feed them carefully.

Pet stores also carry food for water turtles that you can use. do not get land turtle food.

my mom found a baby snapping turtle and gave it to me about a year and a half ago, he is very fast, he loves grapes and minnows, but try to avoid feeding them gold fish. you can also try raw meat, cooked meat, earth worms, meal worms, grubs, basically any insect. or if you dont have alot of time to buy sorts of food for him/her then after you eat dinner give them alittle bit of you're left over meat and vegetables.

I just found a turtle a couple days ago and i put lettuce in its tank and it did not eat it so im gona go to the store and buy some earth worms to see if it will eat them.

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Care of Turtles

What are baby turtles called?

A general (non-breed specific) baby turtle is called a hatchling. When they are still in shell, a group of hatchlings is called a clutch. If they have been born, a group of them are called a bale. A bale of hatchlings will grow into a bale of yearlings (juveniles).

Terrapins are actually small edible turtles with lozenge-shaped markings on it`s shell, from the Malaclemys terrapin family Emydidae, mostly found in coastal marshes.

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What do sun turtles eat?

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Nova Scotia

Can you buy turtles in Nova Scotia?

No, you can't. It's illegal to sell turtles in Nova Scotia.

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Can a turtle survive if its shell has a hole in it?

Yes. The shell is a part of its backbone, and a small hole or portion missing would not harm the turtle at all.

It will cause the turtle agony, if you mean to make a hole in your turtle (it has happened, sadly enough). The turtle will probably survive, though.

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Care of Turtles
Painted Turtles

Can painted turtles lay unfertilized eggs?

Yes, they likely won't hatch however many species of turtles will retain sperm from up to several years before.

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What is the other word for a turtle shell?

You might be thinking of carapace.

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Do turtles have any enemies that are animals?

most turtles have many pretors that include snakes, some birds, dogs, and sometimes people

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Can turtles be cannibals?

Anything can be a cannibal if driven hard enough by hunger.

Yes. Pet turtles are highly prone to cannibalism, even if there is no problem, such as over crowding or not enough food. Many times, turtles eat their brothers that are sickly or too small.

In some species, such as the Alligator Snapper, autopsy revealed mostly the bodies of others turtles in the digestive system.

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Care of Turtles

What is the adjective in three turtles swam in the pond?

The words three and the are both adjectives in that sentence.

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Can turtles live with geckos?

Turtles are a semi aquatic species, while the crested gecko is a semi arboreal species. It is best as a hobbyist to replicate the natural environment for reptile species. In the wild, it would be very unlikely that a turtle would co exist with a gecko, so in captivity it would be best to leave these two animals separate. Most geckos require an extremely humid or dry area to live, not necessarily wet and filled with water. There is also the possibilities that a gecko can drown in water deeper than a shallow drinking bowl.

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Are turtles omnivore?

It depends what type of turtle you have. See the related link for more info. It tells you what each different type of turtle is and what it likes to eat.

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Do land turtles swim in water?

Yes, to a very limited extent. Land turtles should not be kept in fish tanks, but tortoises have been known to float between islands.

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Marine Biology

How do baby turtles find the water?

If you are talking about sea turtles, they just head out to the sea even though they never saw anyone do that besides themselves or their brothers and sisters. It is an inherited behavior. They just do it automatically. And pet and freshwater turtles just go inside. They get out of the place they were hatched, and then they go into the water to cool and wash themselves. This behavior is inherited.

Baby sea turtles use the presence of natural moonlight to find their way to the coast at night. This is why coastal light pollution is such a problem because it disorients the baby turtles.


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