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Rules for posting:

  • 1) A fact about turtles must be in the title.

  • 2) Make sure to verify your submission by listing a reputable source for your turtle fact in the comment section of your post. Wikipedia is acceptable in most cases. Additional information is always appreciated.

  • 3) Reposts of the same picture or fact within 1 week are not allowed. After one week, submissions with either the title or picture changed will be allowed. Blatant reposts (same picture, same fact) are not allowed.

  • 4) Please post direct links to images, gifs, and videos only. Links to albums are encouraged also, so long as the album isn't a single image.

  • Our style and format is similar to r/awwducational, please visit that subreddit for more information about the style of submissions and also for more adorable facts.


FAQ: Are tortoise facts allowed here?

A: Yes absolutely! The scientific definition of a turtle is a general umbrella for animals in the order Testudines, so tortoises are turtles; they are just a specific type of turtle.

This subreddit only considers this scientific definition, and not colloquial variations, to be accurate.

Tortoise is often used in reference to terrestrial turtles or, more narrowly, only those members of Testudinidae, the family of modern land tortoises. Terrapin may refer to turtles that are small and live in fresh and brackish water, in particular the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin).

Turtle is an umbrella term for all of the above. As such, facts about any of these shelled reptiles are encouraged.


Want more animal facts? Of course you do!

Visit /r/BatFacts, /r/CatFacts, /r/birdfacts, /r/likeus, /r/sciencefacts, and /r/awwducational


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R/PLACE NEED HELP MAKING TURTLE (500,1350) ALL HELP WELCOME

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2022/04/04
07:10 UTC

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Saying goodbye

This subreddit is now closed because the admins ruined the only functional native mod tool we had. I cant properly manage the subreddit I created without access to modmail, so goodbye r/turtlefacts. Go to r/awwducational instead.

278 Comments
2021/06/24
22:54 UTC

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May 23rd is World Turtle Day!

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2021/05/23
19:48 UTC

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Leatherbacks are in it for the long haul, traveling on average 10,000 miles a year!

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2021/05/22
21:35 UTC

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Are Always On The Move, Traveling about 10,000 Per Year!

5 Comments
2021/05/16
20:23 UTC

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Did You Know Sea Turtles Can Hold Their Breath So Long They Can Sleep Underwater?

12 Comments
2021/05/14
17:34 UTC

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Sea Turtles Breath Air but Spend Essentially Their Whole Lives in Water

6 Comments
2021/05/13
18:24 UTC

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Turtles have exceptional color vision thanks to a special oil they make for their retinas. They see more shades of red in particular, which might be why this one’s mistaking a blue jean for a blueberry

18 Comments
2021/02/20
04:05 UTC

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Panama City Beach, Fla, Has had a record breaking turtle nesting season with 57 nests

17 Comments
2021/02/12
02:05 UTC

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99% of Sea Turtles Born on This Beach Are Female

7 Comments
2021/02/06
18:14 UTC

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A tortoise called Charles Darwin officially opened a science laboratory at the University of Lincoln in 2015 (xpost from r/funny)

14 Comments
2020/12/14
15:28 UTC

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You can hatch babies from road killed turtles.

32 Comments
2020/12/01
16:45 UTC

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This hospital fixes turtles with zip ties and crazy glue.

13 Comments
2020/11/30
15:46 UTC

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Turtles have extremely large penises. As a turtle's penis inflates, its length may increase by nearly 50%, its width by 75%, and its depth by 10%. Even an uninflated penis – tucked away inside the cloaca – is large. ... (Gizmodo)

28 Comments
2020/11/17
07:20 UTC

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Painted turtles can survive freezing partly because they can control the formation of ice in their bodies. Dropping temperatures cue the turtle's liver to produce special proteins that cause very small ice crystals to form in fluids such as blood plasma and urine.

25 Comments
2020/11/13
17:20 UTC

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Musk turtles can take in oxygen through the papillae on their tongues. I always wondered why they “tasted” the water so much. (From Wikipedia)

7 Comments
2020/11/11
20:25 UTC

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Red eared slider turtles have the ability to sneeze

27 Comments
2020/10/11
14:16 UTC

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Turtle we rescued today in Key West, FL with fibropapillomatosis. Causes tumors to grow until they die. This one was taken to the turtle hospital for treatment!

10 Comments
2020/09/28
23:09 UTC

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Most people think only the scutes pyramid when actually it’s the entire bone.

24 Comments
2020/09/24
15:09 UTC

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Your average lagomorph is easily distracted by outside stimuli. They have very good hearing, see. Might not even notice that there is an actual competition going on. Your average chelonian, however, barely even hears that stuff. No exterior ears. Just keeps on going.

8 Comments
2020/09/06
22:36 UTC

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Chersobius signatus (or Speckled Cape Tortoise) is the world's smollest turtle buddy, seen here having a nibble of a dandelion before getting right back into smol-crime

11 Comments
2020/09/02
22:03 UTC

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Some morphs of northern red bellied turtles have such a unique red carapace like this | picture by: Rob Snowhite

32 Comments
2020/08/13
19:59 UTC

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