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Did You Know? Turtles Can Breathe Through Their Skin

a common snapping turtle at Deer Grove-West

To survive the deep midwinter, our turtles have buried themselves either in the soil or in the mud at the edge or bottom of a pond. Once submerged, they dramatically slow down their metabolic rate, greatly reducing the amount of energy and oxygen they need. Their heartbeat and breathing drops to almost nothing. The turtles are then able to absorb just enough oxygen through their thin skin to stay alive.