Top Weird Turtle Facts
Learn interesting facts about the many species of turtles.
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.
When it's time to lay their eggs, female sea turtles return to the same nesting grounds where they were born.
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.
There are just 331 species of turtles throughout the world. More than half of those species are endangered.