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Turtle Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Turtles (Part 1)?

I am a huge lover of turtles/tortoises. I currently have a beautifully growing Red Eared Slider named Leonardo da Vinci, and she is very healthy and happy in my care. (I’ve had my experience with land turtles as well as the aquatics.) When I found out I was in love with turtles, I started researching on how to best care for them. I learned a lot of crazy things, but I noticed that the Internet has a lot of crazy mixed information that makes you debate whether something is true or isn’t true about turtles.

I am here to put the mixed information to rest and deliver the truth about all turtles in general based on all of my constant voluntary research and experiences with turtles. Take the quiz and test your knowledge! And if you happen to know anything about turtles not in the quiz, we’d be happy to hear about it!

  • What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

    • A turtle is an aquatic shelled creature that lives/surrounds itself with water, and a tortoise is a land shelled creature, spending its life mostly on dry land.
    • A tortoise is an aquatic shelled creature that lives/surrounds itself with water, and a turtle is a land shelled creature, spending its life mostly on dry land.
  • Turtles are…?

    • Amphibians
    • Reptiles
    • Mammals
  • Which of these is true about turtles?

    • Turtles are mostly friendly creatures.
    • Turtles are very intelligent animals.
    • Turtles have their own personalities.
    • All the above is true.
  • Why do turtles bask in the sun?

    • They are cold-blooded and their body temperature depends on the environment, needing to absorb heat.
    • It is vital they are receiving UV/UBV rays and Vitamin D3 for a healthy shell, which only natural sunlight contains.
    • They love it!
    • All of these are correct.
  • Turtles can’t take off their shells, because it’s a part of their body, and they grow with them.

    • True
    • False, they can take off their shells
  • Many turtle species can hide their heads and limbs in their shells, not all.

    • True, not all.
    • False, all of them.
  • Turtles are not color blind, and they can see an extra color we can’t see. What is this color?

    • An extra “red” color.
    • An extra “blue” color.
    • Turtles are actually color blind.
  • Turtles don’t have ears, but they are not deaf, because thin skin flaps cover their internal ear bones, allowing them to hear vibrations and frequency sounds.

    • True
    • False, they are deaf.
  • Turtles don’t have vocal cords, yet they can make different types of snapping or un-turtle-like sounds!

    • True
    • False, they make turtle-like sounds
    • False, they do have vocal cords
  • The upper (carapace) and lower (plastron) portions of the turtle’s shell have nerve endings and can feel things rather sensitively, pleasure or pain.

    • True
    • False, they are not sensitive to touch.
    • False, they can’t feel pleasre or pain.
  • Turtles aren’t actually slow. They can move very fast, but they usually don’t, because most of them prey on food that doesn’t go anywhere (like plants), so they preserve their energy by moving slowly. They will move fast only if they sense they are in danger.

    • True
    • False, turtles always move slowly
  • Most turtles really hate the sensation of scratching and the vibrations of music.

    • True
    • False, they actually love the scratching and musical vibrations
  • When turtles retract their heads, their spine and organs move aside to make room!

    • True
    • False, their bones/organs can’t move
  • Painting, knocking on or even brushing hard on a turtle’s shell is dangerous and abusive to the turtle.

    • True
    • False, just painting it
    • False, just brushing or knocking on it
  • A happy turtle is a messy turtle!

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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