What do turtles do to humans?

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What do turtles do to humans?

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Turtles do not usually harm humans and will usually leave them alone but they can bite when they feel threatened.

Also turtles can make some people sick as turtles can spread germs such as Salmonella and you can get the Salmonella by coming into contact with turtles and their habitats.

Turtles do not have any teeth but they have powerful and oddly shaped beaks that help them eat.

Some turtles also have serrated ridges along the inside of their beaks which simulate teeth and they use the sharp edges to tear seagrasses apart and scrape algae from hard surfaces in the ocean.

Turtles on the land use the serrated ridges and sharp edges to chew and cut through the food they eat.

Turtles do hear good and have higher hearing thresholds than other reptiles do with the best frequencies being 500 Hz.

Turtles that are in the water also have lower underwater hearing thresholds than those in the air as a result of resonance of the middle ear cavity.

Turtles have very good memories and turtles have also mastered a trick to obtain food as a reward at young ages.

The turtle will instantly remember how to get the same result with the trick.

Turtles also remember their owners and people that have been around them.

Turtles sleep anywhere they can find a safe and comfortable place to sleep such as in rock piles, submerged tree stumps, in brush, tall grass, under wood piles or other structures.

Sea turtles and aquatic turtles usually sleep on a dry dock or with their head poking out of the water although they may also sleep underwater for shorter periods of time and come up to take a breath when needed.

Baby turtles do not find it's mom after the eggs have been laid.

Once the turtle has laid the eggs the mother does not care for the baby turtles and returns to her habitat.

The young baby turtles are then completely on their own and independent from the moment they hatch.

A turtle cry will typically sound like little meows.

The IQ of a turtle is not really known although they are thought to have a very high IQ as turtles are very smart and show both learned intelligence and instinctual intelligence.

It does not hurt a turtle to pick it up by its shell as their shell is hard enough so they won't feel much of anything.

However when trying to pick up a turtle it may bite so it's best to not pick up a turtle unless it's your pet turtle.

If you put a turtle on it's back the turtle will have a hard time breathing and be prone to exhaustion and overheating and when left on it's back it can die.

A turtle can go up to 7 days without eating although the turtle cannot survive longer than a day without water.

Inactive adult turtles however can last up to 6 months without food when they are in hibernation as the turtles metabolism preserves the energy from their last meal to help the turtle stay alive.

Turtle shells are not bulletproof although they are hard enough to protect the turtle from predators but even some animals can bite through and break a turtles shell.

Animals that can break a turtle's shell are alligators, coyotes, raccoons, weasels, hawks and crocodiles.

As for sea turtles the sea turtle's shell is softer than the land turtle and whales and sharks are easily able to break the sea turtle shell.

A Jaguar can also break through a turtle shell as they have a bite strength of 1,500 PSI.

Turtles are completely attached to their shells.

It's impossible for the turtle shell to come off.

A turtles shell grows with the turtle.

A turtle shell is made up of 50 bones in the turtle's skeleton and includes the spine and rib cage.

There are 28 small plates around the edge of the turtle's shell, one for each day in the lunar month.

As well, there are 13 scutes or sections on the turtle's back, one for each of the moons in the year.

Each First nation has a unique understanding and a description of the 13 moons.

Turtles, or testudines, are reptiles of the order Testudines, characterized by a special shell developed mainly from their ribs.

Modern turtles are divided into two major groups, the Pleurodira and Cryptodira, which differ in the way the head retracts.

A turtle's lifespan depends on the species, but most aquatic species live into their 40s, PetMD reports.

Smaller species live only about a quarter of a century, and terrestrial box turtles typically live to 40 or 50 years but can live to be 100.

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