|Do sea turtles have teeth?|
|Question Date: 2014-05-16|
No, not in the normal understanding of teeth.
(Teeth are not actually made of bone, but layers
of hard tissue.) Sea turtles have beaks. (Beaks
are made of bone, covered by a hard tissue.)
However, the inside is covered with spiny ridges
that function similarly to teeth. You can see them
on the next link
here . Pretty frightening, actually.
Sea turtles do not have teeth. However, if you
type "leatherback sea turtle mouth" into google
images (with your parents' permission of course!),
you'll probably find some very intimidating
pictures of sea turtles with many inward pointing
spines. These are not technically teeth, but
instead are composed of cartilage.
Sea turtles do not have teeth, nor do ANY turtles
for that matter. Living birds are another group
back-boned animals that lack teeth, although early
fossil birds still had them.
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