How do turtles breathe under water?

Answer Turtles breathe air using their lungs, but are able to go for long periods of time under water without surfacing to breathe. They even go without surfacing for months at a time during the winter.Br... Read More »

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Do turtles breathe through their nose?

Turtles have lungs that allow them to breathe oxygen. Some turtles bring water in through their nasal passages where the oxygen is separated. Other turtles bring water in through their anal passage... Read More »

How often do snapping turtles need to come to the surface to breathe?

Snapping turtles can remain under water for 40 to 50 minutes at a time before having to come up for air. Aside from when females are nesting, snapping turtles spend most of their lives under water.... Read More »

Can aquatic turtles breathe underwater?

Aquatic turtles have lungs, so need oxygen from air and cannot stay underwater indefinitely. Some turtles can absorb oxygen through the skin around their neck and tail, which allows them to stay un... Read More »

Do small turtles have more Salmonella than large turtles?

Small turtles do not have more Salmonella than larger turtles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states turtles with shells less than four inches long were banned for sale because they were sma... Read More »