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Why do turtles & tortoises have shells?

Discussion in 'Tortoise and Turtle Articles' started by mctlong, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. mctlong

    mctlong Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Very interesting, secondary adaptation of a trait.
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    Rue Well-Known Member

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    That explains all those disproportionately small skinny hind legs...
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Here I thought it was so they would never feel homeless
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    Right! They are so very "attached" to their shells - unlike hermit crabs who change theirs as they grow out of it.
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    Still not sure.
    We'll need a bit more yet.
    Protection from predators from underneath still sounds plausible tp me.
    wait until next year.
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    I thought it was because predators like them crunchy when they eat them, kinda like chips
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    It's just their evolution and the reasons may now be lost in time and space.
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    So as to protect themselves. :rolleyes: These cute little animals are so slow, they cannot fly, their shells - I believe - do protect them. ;)
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