How Turtles Behave

By: Frank G
  • An unhappy turtle becomes very lazy in its conduct. It will withdraw into its shell, physically and emotionally. It will remain quietly unobtrusive for minutes or even hours.
  • Semi-aquatic turtles like to swim and to bask. When swimming, they look busy but synchronized. They may take a few minutes out from swimming to rest quietly on the bottom of their tank or to walk slowly along searching for prey.
  • Turtles often like to climb up and over a rock or log, even when they could easily walk around the obstacle.

Feeding Habits

Turtles have excellent vision and apparently an acute sense of smell as well.

And this helps the turtles to make their food. Turtles are known to find their food primarily by vision and if they like to eat some vegetable, then they may use their smelling power.

North American wood turtles find their earthworm meal by “stomping." For doing so, they raise the shell high above the ground on extended legs, then collapsing against the moist earth. The vibrations from this apparently induce earthworms to surface, and there the tortoise can easily eat them.

Nesting

It may be noted that all turtles nest on land. Females are very much sure about finding the needed amount of ground moisture and temperature when searching for a nesting site. Some of the turtle species gather together a mound of vegetation for the nesting site. Although some turtles choose to dig a body pit with the forelimbs, the nest itself is dug with the hindfoot.

After finding a proper place for nesting and making proper arrangements for the eggs to be laidScience Articles, the turtle lays their eggs. They can’t guard these eggs from predators and so a very few of them actually live.

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