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Can turtles breathe underwater?

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My turtle seems to stay underwater for a long time. It seems like he even sleeps underwater. Can he breathe underwater or is he just really good at holding his breath?
asked Jan 20, 2014 in Turtles by anonymous

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Turtles don't actually breathe underwater in the way we think of as breathing. They can absorb air through different parts of their bodies. Many species are able to hold their breath underwater for 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the amount of activity. Some can even hibernate underwater for up to 4 months with their body functions slowing down considerably.
answered Jan 23, 2014 by (36,420 points)