Amazing Turtles

Amazing Turtles

Turtles lay eggs, like other reptiles. In some species, temperature determines whether an egg develops into a male or a female: a higher temperature causes a female, a lower temperature causes a male. When the turtles hatch, they squirm their way to the surface and head toward the water. There are no known species in which the mother cares for the young. Researchers have recently discovered a turtle’s organs do not gradually break down or become less efficient over time, unlike most other animals. It was found that the liver, lungs, and kidneys of a centenarian turtle are virtually indistinguishable from those of its immature counterpart. This has inspired genetic researchers to begin examining the turtle genome for longevity genes. The first proto-turtles are believed to have existed in the late Triassic Period of the Mesozoic era, about 220 million years ago, British English normally describes these reptiles as “tortoises” if they live on land. Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years. ref Wikipedia

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