How a turtle on its back flips over

Ever wonder exactly how an upside-down turtle on its back flips itself over?

Here’s an Interesting video I made that shows my pet red ear slider turtle, Rex, showing us exactly how turtles do it.

It should be noted that this is how aquatic turtles such as sliders, painteds … etc with flatter shaped shells flip themselves. Turtles with other shell-shapes have other physical characteristics (e.g. different necks) and so don’t flip themselves in exactly the same way.

My pet turtle shows us that when he is on his back, turtles use their:

  • shell shape – they aren’t flat on their backs and are always tipped over to one side. Turtles flip toward the side that is on the floor – thus leveraging their shell shape to help right themselves
  • neck – which are long and strong. It provides a lot of leverage that turtles use to push themselves upright
  • tail and legs on the high side (the side away from the floor) – Turtles curve them and keep them pointed toward the side that’s on the floor. By distributing their weight towards the bottom side, turtles makes it easier to flip over and provide balance during the movement. Sometimes, the upper back leg is swung to help with the flipping motion
  • rear leg on the bottom side – Turtles use this leg to push off in tandem with their neck. The pushing motion from this leg and neck gets a turtle right-side up
  • front leg on the bottom side – also used to push off, but after the stronger push from their turtle necks. It’s almost as if the neck gets them completely to their side, then they use this leg to tip themselves over to land correctly.

Turtles use all their limbs, their whole body to flip themselves.

Do you see the same things from the video? How do your differently-specied pet turtles flip themselves?

Comments ( 17 )

  1. minorpayne23
    [..YouTube..] hes probably thinking "who the **** keeps putting me on my back!"
  2. PlecoFreak
    [..YouTube..] don't do that. because your just stressing them and they will die soon.
  3. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @minorpayne23 LOL!!
  4. theking8701
    [..YouTube..] @forlogosVideos i had some baby sliders, one died because when i bought him he had a crack in his shell and the other one died because it was sick
  5. Homicide419
    [..YouTube..] I luv the sound its shell makes, makes him sound like a plastic toy lmao
  6. randomrazr
    [..YouTube..] u prob shouldnt do that to oftenthey can snap their necks trying to put them right side up. lol
  7. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @theking8701 that's sad, hope you are feeling better!!
  8. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @randomrazr their strong necks won't snap. They are made to do that!
  9. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @PlecoFreak only if I torture them with it everyday... which I don't. One 3 minute session in their entire life, that's it
  10. randomrazr
    [..YouTube..] @forlogosVideosthen why did mine die doing that!!!!!!!!!!
  11. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @randomrazr how much did you make them flip over? Sorry for your loss
  12. randomrazr
    [..YouTube..] @forlogosVideosi got bored everyday so i make ghim flip over like 8 times a week
  13. forlogosVideos
    [..YouTube..] @randomrazr and his neck did, in fact, snap?
  14. randomrazr
    [..YouTube..] @forlogosVideosyep i did it myself
  15. randomrazr
    [..YouTube..] @BaseballCardFreekim obviously joking i made a vid on my turtle check him out on my channel lol
  16. mark
    i got 2 baby yellow belly sliders from santa last christmas and they are soooo active and tiny.Noting bad happend 2 them yet.