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Long Do Sea Turtles Hold Their Breath

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Sea turtles are among world's most ancient vertebrates. When on land, they look and awkward, their powerful front flippers struggling to pull their weight across ocean shores. But in water, where they spend most of their lives, sea turtles fly through water much as birds soar through sky. Their flippers become wings, their disk-shape bodies cut through sea like torpedoes. Sea turtles one of nature's great mysteriesscientists have only begun to discover secrets of sea turtle life. Here are ten things science can tell about these marine animals. 1. Sea turtles are reptiles, like snakes and lizards, breathe air. They first evolved about 150 million years ago, making them survivors of Age of Dinosaurs. First, turtles were land animals that probably look much like tortoises of today, with powerful, column-like legs designed to support heavy body. Evolution turned these elephantine legs into flippers as creatures adapted to life of swimming. Today, turtles swim in all oceans except those in chilly Polar Regions. 2. Most Obvious Characteristic Of Any Turtle Is Its Shell. It evolves from ribs into box of bone covered in tough skin that protects all but head, tail and flippers. Shell Is Part Of Turtles ' Spine And Forms Sort Of Outer Skeleton Reminiscent Of Exoskeletons Of Insects And Spiders. 3. Ocean Is Home To Seven Turtle Species: Leatherback, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Flatback, Green And Kemps Ridley. 4. Sea turtles begin life in leathery-shell eggs lay in holes dug by their mothers in sand. Depending on species, female may produce 50 to 200 eggs at time, most species layer them at night. About 60 days later, eggs hatch within few minutes of each other and babies race to sea, often assaulted by gamut of predators like crabs, gulls, raccoons and sharks. Females may lay as many as clutches per breeding season. On average, about one hatchling per 000 survives to adulthood. 5. Largest Sea Turtle Is Leatherback, Which Has Flexible, Leathery Shell. It reaches length of four to eight feet and weighs 500-2 000 poundsnot, bad for reptile that fees mostly on jellyfish. Its search for food can take it down to 4 000 feet and across hundreds of they can easily migrate 3 600 miles each way. 6. Smallest Sea Turtle Is Kemps Ridley, Which Measures Less Than 30 Inches Long And Weighs Less Than 100 Pounds. Kemps has most-restrict nesting range of any sea turtle speciesone beach, about 15 miles long, near Rancho Nuevo in Mexico. Unlike other sea turtles, Kemps ridleys usually lay eggs during day and in massive groups, called arribadas. In 1940s, arribada typically numbed around 40 000 females.

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Can Turtles Breath Underwater?

Although turtles aquatic, they are primarily land creatures. Unlike fish that need to constantly stay in water to survive and live, turtles need to come to water surface to breathe air. Having said that, there are some freshwater turtles that can absorb oxygen from water through internal walls of their cloaca or anus. They breathe in this during their hibernation period. Now, even if most turtles cannot breathe underwater, they can stay underwater for long time. They can remain in water during winter by lowering their heart rate and living off their body fat. Okay! If turtles cannot breathe underwater, then do they breathe? Lets talk about that now.

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