Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
In the way we usually think of a voice, the answer is no as far as most turtles are concerned, but there are giant tortoises who grunt roar, or even bellow! Turtle is the collective name for a family of reptiles which we call tortoises when they live on land, turtles when sea-going, and terrapins when they live in freshwater!
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Perhaps the reason is that a turtle does not really need a voice to protect itself. After all, it has that wonderful shell. These shells are made up of a “bony box” covered with horny plates. The shell is divided into two parts, with one part covering the back, the other covering the underpart of the turtle’s body. Through the openings between the two parts, the turtle can stick out its head, neck, tail, and legs.
Turtles can grow to tremendous size. The largest kind in the world today is the leatherback. It usually weighs about 450 kilograms. But this is nothing compared to certain species of turtles that have become extinct. One such species is called “Colossochelys”. It was a giant tortoise that became extinct about S million years ago and there is a complete skeleton of one in the Natural History Museum in London. The shell is about the size of a Mini and you could fit an engine and four wheels and drive it away into the London traffic!
Turtles are also supposed to live to a ripe old age. The giant tortoise longer than any other vertebrate animal (an animal with a backbone). There are many cases on record of such turtles having lived 100 years and longer, and there may be that lived as long as 200 years!
Are Turtles Mute?
Turtles are considered to be virtually mute.