Stinkpot turtle breathes through tongue
Posted by GreenReaper (Laurence Parry) on Thu 20 May 2010 - 22:11 —
Edited as of 22:30
The common musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus, turns out to have an unusual ability: breathing underwater through its tongue.
In a paper, Austrian researchers describe how they noticed the turtle's curious eating habits under high-speed video, and used a scanning electron microscope to examine the lingual papillae.
The same group previously explained how a newt used its ribs as poisonous barbs, puncturing its own skin and that of animal hoping to consume it.
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