A week ago, I posted a post called Banana Thief where Kroten stole my banana…at the end of the post I hinted about this post: Can they see colours?
Many people think that turtles just like other reptile sees in black and white but I have seen so many evidence that show the otherwise. Kroten and Kame seemed to be able to differentiate colours.
Kroten often bites green things…well, used to bite green things. As she gets older she tends to smell it first before biting it…BUT for the past few months I have noticed something new in her behaviour. She loves banana and I often brought banana home. One night, I was hungry and ready to eat my banana, she immediately woke up. I didn’t give her the banana because it was late at night and my turtles only eat in the morning. The after effect is the interesting part. She started sniffing around and became VERY interested with yellow things in my room…even my roommate’s pajama which happened to be yellow.
Her reaction toward yellow things happened several times.
As a science teacher, I know I should investigate it like a real scientist 😉
This video will show you how Kroten able to differentiate colours:
You can see in the video that after I stimulated her with a banana she became more interested with yellow than other colours.
On the second observation, she even bit the yellow thing (I honestly don’t know the English word for that thing) before smelling it.
She totally avoided the blue ones and sniffed the red one a bit.
Further observation happened after I shot the video, I was putting her on my lap and my pajama was yellowish. She sniffed my lap seriously till she was content that it wasn’t the delicious yellow banana and then fell asleep.
So…I dare to say that Turtles can see colours!!
I, then looked it up through google and found this article: Turtles – Teacher.scholastic.com , it says: Scientists have discovered that turtles see colors and are especially sensitive to red.