10 Unbelievable Facts about Amur Turtles
1. These turtles are defined by their extreme aggressiveness. Mother nature endowed them with powerful jaws capable of causing considerable pain to an unsuspecting human. It's no coincidence that this species is featured prominently on the swords of Japanese samurai. The Japanese revere the Amur Turtle as a holy animal, sometimes giving it a prominent position at temples. This doesn't stop the Chinese from eating Amur Turtles as food (including in the famous turtle soup known for its medicinal properties).

2. The Far Eastern turtle, as it's also known, loves water - its primary home and hunting location. The turtle is a strong swimmer and can quickly lurch into seaweed or mud at the slightest hint o danger.

3. The turtle consumes fish, amphibians, crustaceans, insects, shellfish and worms.

4. It generally ambushes its prey with a rapid movement of its head, hiding quietly in the mud until an unsuspecting creature passes by. The turtle is very popular in Japan. In some temples it is kept in pools as a holy creature.

5. The Amur Turtle goes into hibernation with the temperature of the water falls below 10—15 °C. That's why its active hunting season in a temperate climate is short and it grows slowly. It requires three years to reach its fully grown mass of 450 grams.

6. Newborn turtles are relatively tiny at just 25 millimeters. Their abdomen has a bright orange color, while their back is covered in small blisters.

7. The turtle has also been spotted in parts of Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii and Guam.

8. Scientists recently discovered a fascinating characteristic of the Trionyx, as it's also known. These turtles release urine through their mouths, something unseen in nature thus far.

9. The Trionyx shell can reach up to 40 centimeters in length in extremely rare cases. A normal one doesn't exceed 28 centimeters.

10. Adult Trionyx remain hostile when put in captivity, while young turtles can be trained to eat peacefully from a human hand.
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