13 Fascinating Turtle Facts That Might Surprise You, There Is More Than Meets The Eyes (or shells in this case) With Those Greenies.

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1. A turtle’s shell consists around 50 different bones and not one solid bone.

A turtle’s shell consists  around 50 different bones and not one solid bone.

turtle’s ribs and vertebrae are linked to all the bones as they act as a shock absorber and are combined to a strong dome shape.

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2. Those remains used to be a common snapping turtle

Those remains used to be a common snapping turtle

The bite force of these little guys over powers a lion's bite. With over 1000 PSI per bite , it's best to stay away from them.
In the picture you can also see that their shell acts like a rib cage.

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3. Unlike what you have been taught by watching cartoons, turtles cannot remove their shell.

Unlike what you have been taught by watching cartoons, turtles cannot remove their shell.

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4. When a turtle hides in his shell - He needs to rearrange his spine as it is shown in the picture.

When a turtle hides in his shell - He needs to rearrange his spine as it is shown in the picture.

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5. Some turtle shells have a joint that is used as a hinge so two parts can be pulled back at the same time.

Some turtle shells have a joint that is used as a hinge so two parts can be pulled back at the same time.

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6. Turtle shells are not protecting them as you may think.

Turtle shells are not protecting them as you may think.

The shell's filled with blood channels and nerves. They feel pain when the shell is broken and there is enough blood there to bleed them to death.

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7. Turtles were the first animals to travel into deep space.

Turtles were the first animals to travel into deep space.

Two Russian tortoises In 1968 proved that animals can do a lunar voyage unharmed. they did come back with a slight weight lost, but except that they were fine.

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8. Turtles are capable of being brutal when hunting.

Turtles are capable of being brutal when hunting.

Take the alligator snapping turtle as an example. It can grow up to two feet long, weigh over 200 pounds, and has the most powerful jaws for animals without teeth. alligator snapping turtle lures its prey by wiggling its tongue pretending to be a worm, and as mentioned earlier - 1000 PSI of force per bite makes sure the victim will not survive.

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9. Despite the fact that turtles have no vocal chords they can still produce sounds.

Despite  the fact that turtles have no vocal chords they can still produce sounds.

making noise is quite common for a turtle to do so during battles, , mating and egg-laying. Most turtle noises are usually hisses; though turtles are known to make other noises that like grunting,clucking and hooting.

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10. I bet you did not know about how what's cool about their mating.

I bet you did not know about how what's cool about their mating.

The Turtle's sexual organs are hidden inside their cloaca, the cloaca is a cavity that is used for reproduction and removing waste.
A male turtle is able to smell the cloaca of a female from a large distance due to chemicals that are released from there.

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11. You may find some turtle that are

You may find some turtle that are

the cloaca (a cavity that is used for reproduction and removing waste) is covered by a thin membrane. Gas can exchange across this membrane when a turtle is submerged under water some oxygen is able to reach the blood .

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12. Some turtles can live to be over 100 years old.

Some turtles can live to be over 100 years old.

Tortoises usually live longer.

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13. Who ever told you turtles are slow was wrong.

Who ever told you turtles are slow was wrong.

The fact that they are herbivores, so they do not chase their food - nor need to flee when they encounter a predator, gives them no real reason to waste energy over walking fast. If they want, they can be much faster.

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