Can tortoises hear?


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Mar 16, 2020
Location (City and/or State)
San Diego California
I know this sounds silly, but can tortoises hear the same things as humans? Cause sometimes when I give mine a soak I’ll play the piano for him. He’ll walk to the side closest to the piano and sit there listening as I play.

Golden Greek Tortoise 567

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Dec 30, 2019
Location (City and/or State)
Colorado Springs,CO
Tortoises and turtles certainly don’t hear as well as humans, in short they don’t have very good hearing. They hear at different frequencies like, a hatching egg. And only can hear certain levels of hertz. For example, humans can hear from 20Hz to 20,000Hz, of course hearing deteriorates over time so at middle age we can hear to about 14,000Hz. In comparison, tortoises and turtles can’t hear much above 1000Hz. So, torts and turtles cannot hear super high pitched noises or even nearly as well as we do.

What they can do well is sense vibrations. Which is why when someone comes to a tortoise enclosure, the tortoise has beforehand sensed the vibration, and comes to see what that is coming from. (Or is just waiting for food)

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