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In Java Edition:
10% of turtles spawned are babies.
In Bedrock Edition, turtles spawn in groups of 2–6, at light level 7 or higher, at Y=60–67.
When turtles die, they drop:
- 0–2 seagrass. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0–5 with Looting III.
- 1–3, if killed by a player or tamed wolf.
- 1 bowl, if killed by lightning.
Baby turtles do not drop anything when they die.
When a baby turtle grows up to an adult it drops:
- 1 scute
Upon successful breeding, 1–7 is dropped.
Turtles can both move around on land and swim in water. They move slowly on land, but they can swim at a fast speed in the water. Like other passive mobs, they move around aimlessly and flee when attacked. When on land, they generally attempt to move to the nearest water source with direct sky access. When in an enclosed area, such as a player-made enclosure, they generally swim in circles if the water is in the area, and rarely go on land to explore, if there is any.
Turtles are killed instantly when struck by lightning.
As with other aquatic mobs, turtles suffer extra damage when hit by a trident with the Impaling enchantment,[Java Edition only][until JE Edition Combat Tests] and cannot drown, despite the fact that real-life turtles breathe air.
Turtles and turtle eggs are attacked by the following mobs:
|Mob||Attack baby turtles||Attack adult turtles||Attack turtle eggs|
|Zombies, zombie villagers, husks and drowned||Yes||No||Yes|
|Zombified piglins, blaze||No||No||Yes|
|Skeletons, strays and wither skeletons||Yes||No||No|
|Wild ocelots, wild wolves, stray cats and foxes||Yes||No||No|
|Tamed wolves||When owner attacks||When owner attacks||No|
|Ravagers||No||No||Partial[note 1][BE only]|
Zombies and their variants deliberately trample on turtle eggs, causing them to break.
- Unlike zombies, zombified piglins, and their variants, withers and ravagers do not intentionally break turtle eggs, but are able to break turtle eggs if they are in its way.
Turtles remember the block on which they hatch as their home beach. No matter how far away the turtle is, it always attempts to return to its home beach to lay its eggs after breeding.
Feeding two turtles seagrass causes them to enter love mode, causing one of the turtles to have eggs in its inventory and appear a bit bigger (about 0.2 of a block) than normal turtles. The pregnant turtle then travels back to its home beach, which is where it first spawned. Upon arrival, it seeks a nearby sand block on which to lay its eggs. The turtle digs vigorously while turning 360 degrees for several seconds a few times - with pauses, on top of the sand, and then lays 1–4 turtle eggs. The pregnant turtle can breed again immediately after laying the eggs while the other turtle can mate immediately after mating. On Bedrock Edition turtles have a 90-second cooldown between breeding.
Turtle eggs can be placed on any block in clusters of up to 4, however, they hatch only on sand or red sand, above or below water. Eggs can be broken without tools and can also be trampled by living entities falling or walking on them. When a multi-egg block is trampled, eggs are broken one at a time. A turtle can walk on the eggs without breaking them. Harvesting eggs with Silk Touch drops an egg, which the player can collect. Mining an egg with Silk Touch resets the egg's growth.
Turtle eggs progress toward hatching by cracking. Cracking occurs during random ticks, and an egg hatches once it has cracked 3 times. When a multi-egg block hatches, all eggs within the block hatch simultaneously. Eggs grow fastest during the night and typically take 4 to 5 in-game days to hatch. See Turtle egg#Hatching for more details.
With a height of 0.12 blocks, baby turtles are among the smallest mobs in the game. Baby turtles are small enough that when they walk on soul sand, they are entirely within the space at the top of the block and therefore suffocate in it, much like endermites and silverfish.
The growth of baby turtles can be accelerated using seagrass. Each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%, as well as slowly increasing their size by about 0.01 of a block. Upon becoming an adult, the turtle drops a scute.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Turtle baby dies||?||?||?||?||16|
|Turtle baby hurts||?||?||?||?||16|
|Turtle lays egg||?||?||?||?||16|
|Turtle baby shambles||?||?||?||?||16|
|Name||Resource location||Translation key|
|Name||Resource location||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Turtles have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
- Entity data
- Additional fields for mobs that can breed
- Tags common to all entities
- Tags common to all mobs
- HasEgg: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the turtle has an egg.
- HomePosX: The X coordinate the turtle travels toward to lay its eggs after breeding.
- HomePosY: The Y coordinate the turtle travels toward to lay its eggs after breeding.
- HomePosZ: The Z coordinate the turtle travels toward to lay its eggs after breeding.
- TravelPosX: Used for swimming to random points in water.
- TravelPosY: Used for swimming to random points in water.
- TravelPosZ: Used for swimming to random points in water.
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together||Husbandry||Breed a pair of any of these 22 mobs:
|Two by Two||Breed all the animals!||The Parrots and the Bats||Breed a pair of each of these 21 mobs:
|August 17, 2012||On Reddit, Jeb was asked "I asked at pax about turtles, any work done about those?" and replied "No... I saw Mo' Creatures' turtles and got a bit demotivated to do my own ones. Maybe later..."|
|September 19, 2012||In a Reddit post anticipating the addition of another animal mob (which turned out to be the bat in 12w38a), Jeb replied to confirm that it would not be a turtle: "The truth is that I'll maybe end up adding turtles one day, it's just that Mo's turtles are difficult to top."|
|December 26, 2017||Turtle mobs were announced at Minecraft.net.|
|1.13||18w07a||Added turtles and baby turtles.|
|18w07b||Turtles are now bred using seagrass, instead of raw cod.|
|18w11a||Added drowned, which attack baby turtles.|
|1.14||18w44a||Added stray cats, which attack baby turtles.|
|19w07a||Added foxes, which attack baby turtles.|
|1.15||19w39a||Due to a bug, the baby turtle and turtle models are currently broken.|
|19w40a||The turtle models have been fixed.|
|1.5.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Added turtles (named sea turtles) and baby turtles.|
|1.8.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Added stray cats, which attack baby turtles.|
|1.13.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Added foxes, which attack baby turtles.|
|1.16.100||beta 220.127.116.11||Sea turtles now play a sound when they lay eggs.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added sea turtles and baby sea turtles.|
A baby turtle moving on the beach after being hatched.
A turtle swimming in a small pool of water.
A skeleton attacking a baby turtle.
A wolf attacking a group of baby turtles.
Two turtles mating.
Two turtles with some turtle eggs.
A turtle picked up by a boat.
A large number of turtles in an artificial lake.
In other media
- resolved as "Works as Intended"
- resolved as "Works as Intended"