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sweetangel314
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Recently my teacher told the class that turtles breath from there butt and from there nose. I was wondering is that true?
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Do you breate from your butt? I don\'t think it is possible since they don\'t have a windpipe back there.
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Thanks.. now i will prove my teacher wrong..
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\"Turtles have extraordinary anaerobic capacity--they have survived up to 33 hours in a pure nitrogen atmosphere. (Most reptiles have a high anaerobic capacity compared to mammals, but even they can\'t survive much more than 30 minutes without oxygen.) 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.\"
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My god thats disturbing...Imagine breathing from your butt! It says SOME turtles...which ones?
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