Why Turtles Can’t Live Without Shells


David Anderson of Science Insider discussed with biologist Maria Wojakowski to know more about what goes on below the exterior of the shell and why a turtle could not live without their shell.

But as it happens, the shell is also part of the turtle’s essential anatomy, just as a ribcage is to the humans. The shell also helps the animal with aerobic and anaerobic breathing, metabolism and gives internal and outer protection.

A turtle’s shell is as much a part of its body as our rib cage is of ours. In fact, it is their rib cage, and their spine, and their vertebrae, and their sternum. Basically, a turtle’s skeleton is inside out. And just like you can’t take a skeleton out of a person, right, you can’t take a turtle out of its shell either. But if you could, you’d probably be surprised by what you’d discover.


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