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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How long can a new born baby hold its breathe under water?

*CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS ANSWER A baby CAN hold its breath under water, but only up to a certain point. It's called mammalian diving reflex. New born babies have this reflex, and will hold their br... Read More »

How long can turtles stay under water?

When active, turtles must regularly take a breath of air every couple of minutes, but when gliding or resting, they can hold their breath for up to two hours. Larger turtle species can generally st... Read More »

How long can turtles hold their breath under water?

The length of time a turtle can hold its breath depends on the type of turtle and whether it is active or resting. An active turtle can hold its breath underwater for 20 minutes, while a resting tu... 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 »