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Turtle Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Turtles (Part 3)?

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!

This is Part 3, a continuation of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Turtle Quiz.

  • Turtles do better in groups.

    • True, they love friends
    • False, turtles are mostly solitary creatures
  • Turtles are not territorial creatures.

    • True, they are always willing to share with other turtles
    • False, most of them like to have their own owned property
  • All turtle species get along well together.

    • Yes, they truly do
    • Not always; even same size turtles in large spaces may bully each other or even fight to the death
    • Only adult turtles with youngster turtles do well
  • Which of these contain a name that is NOT a turtle species?

    • Snapping Turtle, Red-Footed Tortoise, Indian Star Tortoise
    • Russian Tortoise, Sea Turtle, Red Eared Slider
    • Gopher Tortoise, Box Turtle, African Spurred Tortoise
    • Alligator Snapping Turtle, Roti Island Snake-Neck Turtle, Ploughshare Tortoise
    • These are all turtles of different species
  • Giving medication is mainly painful to the turtle even though it cures its illness, because most turtle medications (like antibiotics) have to be injected.

    • Yes, mostly injections and they hurt
    • Yes, mostly injections, but it isn’t painful to the turtle
    • There is no need to give injections, because there are enough ways to give a turtle its medicine
  • Turtles hibernate, but not like mammals do. How do they hibernate?

    • They aestivate – burrowing in any place with shade when waters dry up in the hot summer
    • They brumate – become less active and don’t eat, burrowing in any place that offers warmth in the cold winter
    • They do both aestivate and brumate.
  • Turtles hibernate in the wild, but pet turtles don’t have to, even though sometimes they may routinely do it anyways. Can we allow domestic turtles to hibernate?

    • Yes, turtles will do just fine hibernating inside or outside your house because it’s easy to imitate the turtle-hibernating environment and your turtle won’t die from things like malnutrition.
    • No, wake up the turtle and watch him closely if you see signs like long rests (unless you are certain you know what you’re doing) because it’s hard to imitate the types of environments turtles hibernate with in the wild, and your turtle may die from things like malnutrition.
  • Differing from turtle to turtle, what do they eat?

    • Some eat fruits/veggies and plants, others eat meats like bugs or fish/sea creatures, and some a little of both
    • They eat commercial turtle/fish pellets and snacks
    • They eat fruits/veggies or meat only
    • Option 1 and 2 are correct
  • It’s illegal to let loose domesticated turtles in the wild.

    • True, a turtle raised in captivity suddenly sent to the wild is like a death sentence.
    • False, turtles raised by humans can handle themselves just fine in the wild too.
  • There is a type of turtle that is a mixture of a turtle and a tortoise, where the turtle is semi-aquatic and semi-land, spending their time between water and land. What is the term for this kind of turtle?

    • Snapkins
    • Terrapins
    • Tadlings
    • None of the above
  • Turtles can go long periods of time without eating.

    • Yes, from turtle to turtle, it’s days, weeks or even months, but it’s better for them not to do so.
    • Yes, from turtle to turtle, it’s days, weeks or even months, and it’s okay for them to do so.
  • How can you tell the difference between a male turtle from a female?

    • Males have longer claws and tails than females
    • Females grow larger than males
    • The lower (plastron) portion of the shell is straight/flat on females and a little humped on males
    • All of these are correct
  • Turtles are known for being able to nicely handle high and low temperatures.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sea Turtles have special glands that help them remove the salt from the water they drink.

    • True
    • False
  • Which of these is true about bonding with turtles and making them happy?

    • Giving turtles simple staring atention with no need to touch.
    • Offering and exchanging toys, such as rocks, fake plants or even human toys like rubber ducks.
    • Playing “chase” games by holding out a curious item and moving it around, making the turtle follow it.
    • All of these are true.

What do you think?

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