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#1 renichms

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 06:07 PM

Exactly what the subject says. Do turtles see in color? Do some species see in color and others don't? I've read how frogs don't and used colored bulbs for them and as the lights elsewhere go out, they come out as if it was dark.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 06:53 PM

Yes, at least some turtles can see at least part of the color spectrum. Box turtles mostly seem to prefer red and yellow foods over green and blue foods.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:00 PM

wow really? O.o

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 08:48 PM

I heard they can see shades of colors that they use to identify things as food, but they have poor eyesight compare to us.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:10 PM

Well, they can see in red light. Had a red bulb running to test and when I walked in, my southern painted definitely could see me. I cut it off since I set the heater to warm the water a lot more earlier...I just hope it's up to the task. (300w submersible heater in 200 gallon system.)

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:33 PM

I believe they can see color b/c they respond differently to brighter colors in front of them, even if they decide to turn away b/c it doesn't meet their smell specifications!

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:03 AM

They have excellent vision in fact they can see in full color as well as within UV-A range and the reptile eye is set for distance vision as well.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:25 AM

what an interesting question to ask. thanks for that information lisa.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:37 AM

I Would Have To Agree with Lisa,They Would Deffinately Have To Have Excellent Vision In Order To Survive.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 06:54 PM

They have excellent vision in fact they can see in full color as well as within UV-A range and the reptile eye is set for distance vision as well.


Ill definatly agree with that. I can be at least 50m away from our dam, and already the wild turtles will have spotted me and lept off their basking spots and be swimming towards my direction in anticipation for getting some food. they have impeccable vision, and are sensitive to vibrations on the ground/water as well.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 07:56 PM

They can see yellow alright, my turtles freak out if they see a Reptomin lid.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 08:15 PM

That's strange! I've never heard of turtles freaking out over a food lid! :lol:

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 09:40 PM

They can see yellow alright, my turtles freak out if they see a Reptomin lid.




hahahaha me too...my false map goes crazy

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 06:30 AM

They can see yellow alright, my turtles freak out if they see a Reptomin lid.


Mine recognize all their food lids. Most are yellow but shrimp pellets are orange. Been feeding them lots of veggies lately, from a small bag, and it confuses them.

I'd say the color question is answered then, haha.

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