Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday
Turtles are credited for their good eyesight and excellent sense of smell. Their hearing and touch is also good, especially with the shell containing nerve endings. So yes, they can feel you petting them! Like your pet, turtles have five toes on each limb. There are a few species that only have four toes, or even three, on each limb! Aquatic turtles can absorb oxygen through their neck skin and private areas, which allow them to stay underwater for long periods of time. Some freshwater turtles can stay underwater for many days by lying still on the bottom and using very little oxygen. This skill lets them hibernate underwater when needed! But similar to crocodiles, dolphins, and whales, turtles can drown if underwater for too long.