Turtles can breathe out their butts!!!

TurtleI don’t know if you’ve read the e-mail forward going around, but it has all these weird facts like how the first bar code ever was on a Wrigley’s bubble gum wrapper. Well, the very last fact listed is that turtles can breathe out their butts! I didn’t believe it, so I did some looking up of things on the internet to see if this was true

…and guess what!

It IS!!!

My friend asked me if I ever tried to resuscitate one, but I’m pretty sure the weird fact list also would say that my friend is an ass.

“Although basically air-breathing, many aquatic species have developed ways to pick up oxygen even when submerged. Of these the most remarkable, which some turtles share with dragonfly nymphs, sea cucumbers, and certain televangelists, is the ability to breathe through one’s butt. You’ve heard
the expression ’Blow it out your after regions?’ It’s no mere figure of speech. Many species have a pair of sacs (bursae) opening off the cloaca (combined digestive and urogenital chamber). These are heavily vascularized to facilitate the uptake of oxygen…”

(source: http://tinker-thoughts.blogspot.com/2004/11/did-you-know-that-turtles-breathe.html)

I did also read that while turtles can breathe out their butts, they can’t eat through their butts. However, this might make them the closest thing to a true butt head.


About authorphilpartington

Phil is a writing enthusiast of many years, having been published in numerous online and national print trade and sports publications over the past decade. He has spent the past five years delving back into the world of fiction writing, focussing on the fantasy, horror and suspense genres. Deshay of the Woods is his first novel.
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