Top Weird Turtle Facts

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Top Weird Turtle Facts
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Learn interesting facts about the many species of turtles.

1. Cool dudes, hot girls


Their gender depends on how hot or cold their environment was while they were in their eggs. Under 29 degrees they become male, over 29 degrees they become female.

2. Same nesting grounds


When it's time to lay their eggs, female sea turtles return to the same nesting grounds where they were born.
Raine Island have the largest known green turtle nesting population in the world with tens of thousands of turtles coming to lay their eggs each year.
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3. They have favorite colors


According to some researchs turtles not only can perceive colors, but that certain colors red, orange and yellow seem to be the most appetizing to them.

4. Turtles are nearly as old as the dinosaurs


The oldest known sea turtle fossils date back about 150 million years, making them some of the oldest creatures on Earth. They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes and even lizards.

5. Turtles breathe without a diaphragm


Turtles don't have a diaphragm. Turtles move their limbs or neck, and utilize other muscles connected to the pleural cavity, to help them breathe.

6. They can hold their breath for hours


All turtles can go without oxygen for several hours, but the western painted turtle can go without oxygen for 30 hours at room temperature and four months at 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. A few species


There are just 331 species of turtles throughout the world. More than half of those species are endangered.

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