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Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Daily reminder that turtles are not “inside” their shells. They *are* their shells. pic.twitter.com/CS8UcDE3o2

22/04/2020 03:01:58 WIB
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Squiddy @SquidClaude

@AdaMcVean I have no idea why that's freaked me out so much. I've never in my life seen a picture like this. Incredible. Completely re-imagining turtles in my head now. Is it the same for tortoises?

22/04/2020 03:04:38 WIB
Squiddy @SquidClaude

@AdaMcVean Holy shit. How did I not ever realise this?? Makes far more sense than my image of them as a giant hermit crab with leggies.

22/04/2020 03:07:56 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Quick guide: mollusk shells = exoskeleton (they can often leave them) veterbrate shells (turtle/tortoise) = endoskeleton (they can't leave them, it's part of their spine)

22/04/2020 03:12:08 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

bonus: spines/quills/feathers/reptile scales = hair (keratin) fish scales = teeth/bones

22/04/2020 03:12:08 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Turtles can hide in their shells. It looks like this. pic.twitter.com/M9XlW2XVN7

22/04/2020 03:37:17 WIB
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Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

It does not look like this. They don't have a secret cavern in there. There's no mini-fridge. It's not a Pokeball. pic.twitter.com/1PsgquNj2C

22/04/2020 03:37:50 WIB
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Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

S/O to cartoons and stock image sites for ruining our collective turtle anatomy knowledge for years to come pic.twitter.com/pz1sHl2RSc

22/04/2020 03:38:39 WIB
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Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Also, some people will try to tell you this is an image of a turtle outside its shell. It's not. It's a soft-shelled turtle (those exist! instead of scutes they cover the solid bit of their carpace, or shell, with leathery skin. They do still have a shell, just a small one ) pic.twitter.com/PzvkUH1EOH

22/04/2020 03:44:42 WIB
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nic🌞le @nicnap_

@AdaMcVean WAT. WAIT. where are their organs?? Do turtles have organs?

22/04/2020 06:21:54 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

@nicnap_ This is a skeleton, they traditionally do not have organs. Non skeleton turtles have organs. pic.twitter.com/nVs0DPawBH

22/04/2020 06:25:34 WIB
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Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

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22/04/2020 06:32:28 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Technically the term is cloacal respiration, and it’s not so much breathing as just diffusing oxygen in and carbon dioxide out, but the fact remains: when turtles hibernate, their main source of oxygen is through their butt.

22/04/2020 08:16:35 WIB
Ada McVean 🏳️‍🌈 @AdaMcVean

Basically when the water they live in gets cold they get cold since they’re cold blooded animals. Their metabolisms and oxygen needs slow down so they can get all the O2 they need from the water passing over their cloacas. pic.twitter.com/KKAarFJ4sS

22/04/2020 08:16:37 WIB
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Heather Hinam, Ph.D. @SecondNatureMB

@AdaMcVean Indeed, and for many species, tucking their heads into their shell means having to hold their breath for a bit. The lungs don't have any room to inflate. pic.twitter.com/R94Et4Sdi3

22/04/2020 09:04:26 WIB
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glove world @lililoohoo

@AdaMcVean @nicnap_ Sorry I’m dumb and still don’t understand

22/04/2020 10:09:54 WIB
Nick Miller @Sinnycal

@SquidClaude @AdaMcVean Turtles are just girl tortoises. That’s what makes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so unrealistic. Not a lot of people know this.

22/04/2020 11:17:24 WIB
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