The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. » 7/08/14 1:00am 7/08/14 1:00am

Why Do Some Turtles Have the Option To Breathe Through Their Anuses?

Nature has a juvenile sense of humor. That, at first, seems like the only explanation for why certain turtles, among them the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle, breathe through the back end. Both turtles can breathe through their mouths if they so chose. » 6/17/14 7:20am 6/17/14 7:20am

How Unborn Turtles Choose To Become Male or Female

While in their eggs, turtle embryos move around to find the perfect spot that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And because temperature determines what sex unborn turtles become, the embryos might be able to "choose" their own sex by staying in cooler or warmer areas of the egg, according to a new study. » 6/12/13 3:20pm 6/12/13 3:20pm

Watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme reenacted with ordinary…

While we await the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie with no small amount of anxiety, here's a take on TMNT that's sure to delight fans of the 1980s cartoon. Teenage Average Normal Turtles wouldn't make a half-bad webseries, although I'd try to keep these pet turtles away from rhinos and warthogs. » 4/06/13 10:30am 4/06/13 10:30am

The Terrifying Sex Organs of Male Turtles

Of the many unlikeable and inaccurate stereotypes maintained about animals in popular consciousness, among the most frustrating is what I term "old man turtle". This is the idea that turtles (by which I mean, all members of Testudines) are like decrepit, weak, bony little old men housed inside a box. It's not fair,… » 6/20/12 8:25am 6/20/12 8:25am