Voices of Rare 'Talking' Turtles May Prevent Their Extinction
Youíre in for a treat today because we are about to drop some really cool information about talking turtles. Thatís right! Turtles that could actually talk! Apparently, there are some turtles that have this ability to speak that consequently prevent their extinction. In case you are not aware of this yet, turtles are one of the most endangered species in the Amazon. Itís because the locals living in the area often consume them for food.
Lucky for some turtles, they have their way of survival, and itís through the sounds they make using their vocal chords. There was a study conducted about these species called the Amazon River Turtles (Podocnemis erythrocephala), and how they use several kinds of vocal communication. All of the sounds these turtles make last less than a second. Apparently, those sounds are signals related to their social behaviors like when female turtles are calling their new babies. Such sounds start as early as their embryonic stages, and thatís about 36 hours before the baby turtles hatch from their eggs. But scientists are not just after the sound, they are more into the fact that turtles know how to take care of their babies after they were hatched.
Baby turtles also create those sounds to synchronize their births, and itís also a way for them to call their birth moms. Adult turtles use their vocal chords to send signals to others about their migration and even use it for reproduction. When they want to mate with another turtle, you can bet that theyíll make a sound that will coordinate with it. Scientists are still developing more studies about these particular turtles, but itís safe to say that this kind of behavior is important for them in sending information.
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