Turtles eat insects, worms, grubs, shellfish, fish, and some plants.
They lay 6 Ė 12 eggs and bury them in the ground.
The sunís heat will hatch them.
Turtles take between 5 and 7 years to mature and live longer than
any animals. Some live for 150
Turtles look for damp, swampy places to hibernate.
They like rotted logs, piles
of leaves, bottoms of rivers or lakes, or a burrow
in a river bank. They make burrows that are from 1-3 feet
Many turtles hibernate and estivate
to get away from heat or cold. They
hibernate from September to April or May. During hibernation,
the turtles dig down and bury themselves in the mud at the bottom of ponds
or streams. Their bodies slow
down so much that they can live in the mud even though they donít get
much oxygen. They are cold-blooded
which means that when the outside temperatures go down, so do
theirs. During hibernation, they use fat stored from the fall.
They can go in and out of hibernation depending on the weather.
Females go into hibernation first. Turtles might even wake up
enough to swim around a little during hibernation.
Turtles also estivate to escape the heat and dryness of
summer. They might travel to other places to get away from heat or
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