Do Turtles Snore? – Can Turtles Dream, Too?

Do Turtles Snore? A few days ago, I was sleeping and heard a strange noise coming from my turtle’s enclosure, but I did not go there to find out the source of this noise because it was not loud. Within minutes the intensity of the noise grew, so I decided to check the reason behind it. 

As I came close to the turtle’s habitat, I saw that it was sleeping and that a wired sound was coming from its mouth. I did not bother about it due to tiredness, so I slept. The following day I was curious whether that sound was snoring or due to difficulty in breathing. 

I took my turtle to the vet for medical checkups, and he told me my pet was all good. After returning home, I searched about turtles snoring on different forums and got serious information which I will share in this post.

Do Turtles Snore?

Yes, it is true about turtles. They snore while sleeping, but there is no need to get worried as their snoring mostly gives the impression of respiratory infection causing this noise. Adult turtles snore frequently compared to baby turtles, but you should not panic right away.

Inspect whether your turtle is ill or not. Turtles producing scary or crying sounds along with discharge from the eyes, mouth, and nose is a clear indication of chest infection in your pet. So, you should seek a vet’s consultation as soon as possible.

How Do Turtles Snore?

Turtles snore like other animals when they are asleep. Snoring happens when a turtle sleeps and inhaled air collides with airways. Due to this impact between the soft tissues in the respiratory tract and oxygen sounds produced, which we call snoring. 

The sound of their snoring is modest most of the time, but sometimes they snore so loudly that their owners get disturbed. Sea turtles sleep 4 to 7 hours a day and snore differently compared to terrestrial turtles. Their rigorous activity during the daytime is the reason behind it.

Why Do Turtles Snore?

Turtles inhale oxygen from their cheeks. Like humans, they have soft tissues in the respiratory tract. When turtles breathe, the oxygen collides with these soft tissues in the respiratory tract, causing vibration and sounds that we call snoring. 

Obesity is directly related to snoring in humans because medical grounds are there to support this point. I can not say the same about turtles because no research has been done on this matter so far. There are 50-50 chances of validity of this hypothesis. 

Is Turtle Snoring An Indication Of Its Illness?

Snoring can be a sign of illness in your turtle, but not always. If your pet is producing annoying noise along with mucus coming out of the nose and mouth, then it is due to respiratory illness. Many turtle owners say that while sleeping, their turtles create whistling sounds.

Sometimes turtles produce whistling sounds when they are snoring near the aquarium glass. These sounds typically come off if a turtle is going through a respiratory infection. You should look at other symptoms if you are confused about whether your turtle has a respiratory problem or not.

Turtle suffering from the severe respiratory disease will show the following symptoms:

  • Buoyancy issues (sideway floating)
  • Producing sounds like sneezing, hissing, and whistling
  • Loss of Hunger
  • Very little movement
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Discharging of Mucus

Why Is Turtle Whistling While Sleeping?

Turtle whistling can be due to various reasons. It is because they are having difficulty breathing. As I have stated above, turtles whistle when they are suffering from a respiratory infection. 

Why Turtles Produce Other Noises?

Turtles are capable of generating different sounds. These can be:

  • Hiss
  • Roar
  • Snor
  • Whistle
  • Cry
  • Grunt
  • Chirp
how do turtles snore

Do Turtles Dream?

Turtles dream while sleeping like other animals. They go into a REM state (rapid eye movement) as they fall asleep. In their dream, they can think, imagine, and react like humans.

Turtle Sleeping Cycle

As turtles are diurnal animals, they sleep at night and remain active during the daytime. They normally sleep for 4 to 7 hours at night. You may have seen turtles sleeping during that daytime, but they are not in a deep sleep but resting. While basking, turtles lay down and rest with closed eyes to retain heat so they can get as many UVB rays as possible.

Do Turtles Snore During Hibernation?

While hibernating turtles do not snore as they utilize a special way of breathing through their cloaca. As air does not go into the lungs via airways, so there is no chance of snoring at all. We can say that turtles are butt breathers as many amphibians and reptiles are like this.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do Turtles Snore When They Sleep?

Turtles snore when they are sleeping because of the vibration produced due to the impact of air on the soft tissues inside the respiratory tract. 

Do Sea Turtles Snore?

All turtles snore when they are sleeping, including sea turtles. They snore as a natural process, just like humans.

Do Turtles Snore Underwater?

Except for sea turtles, turtles of other species do not sleep underwater as they can not hold their breath inside it. So, it is clear that turtles do not snore underwater. 

Final Words

Do Turtles Snore? As we humans and our young ones snore, the same is true with turtles and their babies. You should find out if your turtle is actually snoring or facing difficult respiration due to an infection in its lungs. 

If the turtle is going through respiratory problems, then it will produce a whistling noise. You can confirm it by checking for mucus discharge, loss in appetite, and swollen eyelids.

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