There are a lot of arguments about which animal is bigger, the turtle or the tortoise. The truth is that it depends on what you mean by “bigger.” While there may be some subtle differences between the two animals, both come in many different shapes and sizes. In general, the average size of a tortoise is larger than that of a turtle. However, if we look at total body length (including tail), then turtles often outdo tortoises. Additionally, when it comes to weight (only taking into account body mass), turtles typically outweigh tortoises by an average of 10-15%. So overall, while there may be some individual differences between these animals, on average they are not as large as one might think.
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It is generally illegal to own box turtles in Australia, as these animals are classified as Class 3 wild animals. Exceptions may be made if the turtle is kept indoors and never allowed out into public, or if it is used for research purposes.
— Check periodically for any eggs or juveniles emerging from the nest. If there are any newborn turtles present, then you can assume that the nest will hatch within a few weeks.
— Look out for changes in the behavior of adult turtles at their nesting site. For example, if they start coming ashore more often or lying down in short intervals in comparison with earlier in the season, this could suggest that egg production has begun and that soon enough, baby turtles will surface too!
The smell is moderately strong and often detectable up to a mile away, so it’s not exactly subtle! Some people describe the odor as being like rotting vegetation, ammonia, or stale cheese. Surprisingly enough, some people actually quite enjoy the smell of a mature musk turtle!
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