Table of contents:
- Do tortoise have webbed feet?
- How can you tell the difference between a land turtle and a water turtle?
- Where do turtles lay eggs?
- How do turtles fertilize their eggs?
Do tortoise have webbed feet?
Turtles can live in water or land, with some species being almost solely aquatic while others are semi-aquatic. As terrestrial individuals, tortoises adapted flat feet to more easily traverse the landscape. ... But, these land dwellers have slightly webbed feet, making them turtles! Let's look at the diamondback terrapin.
How can you tell the difference between a land turtle and a water turtle?
Claws and Legs Land turtles and aquatic turtles use their feet differently. Because aquatic turtles have to swim, most species have webbed claws. To tell whether you have an aquatic turtle, move its claws apart slightly. Aquatic turtles have a flap of skin between the claws that helps them swim more efficiently.
Where do turtles lay eggs?
All turtles, including sea turtles, lay their eggs on land. Female turtles dig their nests in summer, typically in June or July. Some species will excavate a number of holes; these "false nests" may serve as deterrents for predators. After laying eggs in the hole and covering them with dirt, the female departs.
How do turtles fertilize their eggs?
During mating, the male will reach his tail underneath the back end of the female's shell. ... The female stops mating once she has enough sperm to fertilize all of her clutches for the season. "If a male approaches, she'll rip into him," Owens said.
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