Do you know which body part is featured in this week’s edition of What on Earth? How does this animal use this anatomical feature?
ANSWER: Loggerhead turtle throat
A loggerhead sea turtle first catches its prey with its sharp, beak-like mouth. The food then travels down the turtle’s esophagus which is lined with spines called papillae that help to break down the food and prevent food from being regurgitated when the turtle expels swallowed sea water. Adult loggerhead turtles are carnivorous, eating animals such as jellyfish, crabs, fish, and conchs. They will, however, occasionally eat seaweed and sargassum. Despite being the most abundant of all marine turtle species in U.S. waters, the loggerhead turtle has been on the threatened species list since 1978 because of population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and human development in their nesting areas.
Visit the museum to learn about various species of turtles and marine life conservation in our exhibits. Students may learn more about Carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores and the diets of animals by engaging these Educational Programs at SKELETONS:
Pre-K and Kindergarten
1st and 2nd Grade
3rd – 5th Grade
6th – 8th Grade