Chow Time…Do Sea Turtles Have Teeth?

Did someone mention food? Depending on the species, sea turtles can be animal-eaters, plant-eaters, or both. They don’t have teeth, but their beaks can give clues as to what they eat.

The sharp, strong beak of the loggerhead turtle, for example, is great for crushing the shells of crabs and shrimp. A hawksbill’s narrow, pointed beak helps it pull prey such as sponges from tight spaces in a coral reef.

A leatherback has a soft, delicate beak—just the thing for eating squishy foods such as jellyfish. And the green sea turtle’s jagged-edged beak is great for snipping sea grasses and scraping algae off coral and rocks.

Find out other facts about the endangered sea turtle.

 

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