Someone alert Bear Grylls. There’s a creature that is even more disgusting than he is when it comes to the mouth. So what is the animal, and what does it do? We can explain rather simply in one sentence. Chinese soft-shelled turtles urinate through their mouth. Yuck, right? But why do soft-shelled turtles urinate through their mouth, and why would anyone want to get close enough to experience this disgusting activity?
So turtles are amphibian animals, meaning that they can live both on land and in water. Even though they spend a large amount of their time in water, they are air breathing animals, which can have benefits. Of course, one of the benefits comes around during droughts, those extended dry periods where rain pretty well forgets how to fall. While many rivers, creeks and lagoons can withstand a drought, sometimes the dry weather can last longer than expected, or tey just didn’t have enough water to begin with. That’s what makes turtles so amazing and versatile. They can survive on land, and migrate to more bountiful environments. So what’s all of this got to do with these nasty little turtles? It was their behaviour during droughts that gained the attention of inquisitive scientists.