Do Turtles Sleep?

Turtles either sleep underwater, in their shells on land or hidden in burrows. But you can’t really get that from sleep. Turtles rest rather than sleep.

Pet turtles usually sleep throughout the day in short spurts but they may also sleep for several hours at a time. Aquatic turtles may spend hours sleeping on a dry dock or with their head poking out of the water but they may also sleep underwater for shorter periods of time, coming up to take a breath when necessary.

How does a turtle sleep?

Turtles can stay in the water for a long time without having to breathe. They also like to sleep on the pool floor, on the sun island, or “float” in the water, sometimes using one leg to hold on.

When do turtles fall asleep?

How long does my turtle sleep anyway? Depending on the species, hibernation lasts 3 to 5 months. It should last at least 8 weeks for the European species. The four-toed tortoise sleeps for a very long time at 5 months, the moorish tortoise only a few weeks.

When do Greek tortoises sleep?

The eastern subspecies (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) and the western subspecies (Testudo hermanni hermanni – also called Italian tortoise). Both subspecies are generally animals that are active during the day and sleep secluded or burrowed in shelters at night.

Are turtles nocturnal?

The small to medium-sized turtles (shell length 8 – 38 cm) are active at dusk and at night.

How much sleep does a turtle need?

Turtles can often sleep exceptionally late, whether because of the cold temperatures or simply because they are tired. While the exact number of hours varies between species, on average, turtles sleep about 11 hours a day.

How long do turtles sleep for?

Turtles are known to sleep for four to six hours at night. Some pet turtles have also been observed to take short naps that are one hour long during the time they are basking. The sleep duration of turtles varies with age, size, species, and predators.

How do you know if your turtle is sleeping?

Turtles don’t experience deep sleep as humans do. A turtle’s sleep is more of a long rest within which they must come up for air several times a night. Aquatic turtles can be underwater for 4 to 7 hours, only bobbing their head above water to breathe.

Do turtles sleep in the water?

Many turtles sleep underwater and in fact spend almost all their time underwater. However, most turtles can’t breathe underwater. Several adaptations allow turtles to survive and sleep underwater for several hours.

Do turtles need darkness to sleep?

Many turtle owners wonder if they need to keep the light on in their turtle’s tank at night. Luckily, the answer to that is no. Your turtle will be just fine if the light is turned off during night time hours. It is actually recommended that they are exposed to a natural amount of light and darkness each day.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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