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Adrienne Kruzer, RVT

Pet Turtle Vocalizations

By November 10, 2012

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Freshwater turtles have long been thought of as silent reptiles.  But recent research has found that there are in fact 2,122 different sounds made by turtles.  These sounds were made in and out of the water, by hatchlings inside and outside of eggs, and mother turtles "talking" to their young, in captivity, in rivers, and really all over.

This is the first evidence of chelonians (turtle species) communicating!  I knew my turtle was trying to tell me something!


November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm
(1) Dale Garriott says:

I have 25″ tortoise enclosure for my Russian Tortoise’s on my hillside, every year in late spring I can hear my 40 year old male vocalizing when he is after one of the female’s.

November 13, 2012 at 1:32 am
(2) Catherine Ivy Hill says:

Thank you for all your interesting and useful information.
I have 4 tortoises, two big ones and two smaller ones. They tell me they are from different species and cannot mate. What I keep seeing is the smaller tortoises running after the big ones, trying to climb over them , even if they slip, and making all the right noises. Quite impressive. Is there any hope that some babies will come out of it?

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