What Eats Turtles ?

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What Eats Turtles ?


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Although turtles form an important part of marine food chain, they are not at the top of it. While a sturdy and agile looking turtle might not have many enemies, it nevertheless has several natural predators. An adult turtle is protected by a protective hard covering around its body, but a newly hatched one is quite vulnerable to predators.

Like many reptiles, the struggle for survival for turtles begins even before they are hatched from the egg. On sea or river banks, where the mother turtle lays eggs, many types of predators ranging from crocodiles to birds pose a threat to their lives. And, the danger does not end for the turtles after getting hatched. For a considerable part of their lives, they are vulnerable as they age very slowly.

In oceans or seas, the turtles face the danger of being eaten by big sea fish such as sharks. Despite having a hard shell, they are unable to survive an attack by large fish like sharks as the jaws of the fish have the required strength to crush the shells of medium sized turtle. The other sea dwelling reptile which eats turtles is the salt water crocodile. They may not be able to eat a fully grown turtle, but they can easily eat the smaller younger ones.

Besides animals, human beings too eat turtles. In many countries, sea or river turtles are considered delicacies, and their meat is available at a high cost. Besides turtles, the eggs are also eaten or used by human beings.

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