Turtles belong to reptile class of animals. They are living on earth for some more than 200 million years ago. They have originated before other classes of animals. These classes include mammals, snakes and birds. They lay eggs and don’t give birth to their young ones like mammals. They are oval- shaped in appearance. They have the unique ability to hide their heads inside their shells.
But there are some other weird facts about turtles and tortoises.
They have a strong shell outside their bodies. This makes them look like a human armor. It is made up of around 50 bones. It is a modification of rib cage which protects underlying organs. The shell has two portions. They are upper and lower parts which are connected by a bone. These turtles have a moveable joint on the lower part of shell. This makes them retract their bodies inside shell.
Turtles can live for many years. One of the best examples is the turtle caught from Indian Ocean. It was approximately up to 50 years of age when being caught. It lived for some 152 years of age.
Turtles can grow up to 2.5 feet in length. They can weigh up to 200 pounds. These are typical characteristics of turtle found in North America. They can also have a strong jaw, powerful claws and a strapping tail.
Tortoises have the ability to produce sounds. One of their species, Chelonoidis carbonaria, produces sound of a chicken. Another turtle namely Indotestudo forstenii makes a sound which seems to be sound of an electric motor. They produce this sound specially during mating.
These organisms have a very unique way of mating. The male partners can choose their suitable female partner. Their way of choosing female partner is really intriguing. They tend to smell the females on underside of their shells.
Turtles don’t have ears apparently. But their internal examination showed that they have a thin membrane like structures. It may work as an eardrum. So we can assume that they too can hear.
Turtles have the ability to distinguish colors. They see foods, enemy, similar species and humans too. They don’t have the power to go back to water if they are blindfolded. They have a choice for colors. Red, orange and yellow is their favorite colors.
They are one of the earliest living species. They can be called age mates of Dinosaurs. Their oldest fossil record shows the turtle was alive some 220 million years ago. Pelomedusidae, this turtle is still alive. It appeared around 120 years ago on this planet earth.
These were some weir but interesting facts about turtles. Readers must enjoy the facts.