Chinese turtle passes waste through its mouth

by Richard on October 11, 2012

From the BBC

Chinese soft-shelled turtles pass waste through their mouths, scientists in Singapore have found.

Biologists were puzzled by the turtle’s behaviour because, despite using its lungs to breathe air, it often submerges its head in water.

By testing the water, they found that the reptile was excreting urea through its mouth instead of its kidneys.

I can’t be the only person who read that and thought, “I know people like that.”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

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Pam 10.11.12 at 8:50 am

Question Time in Australian Federal Parliament can be excreting…I mean exciting!

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Richard 10.11.12 at 11:51 am

I heard Ms Gillard on the radio this morning. A commentator said “She had the opposition leader’s testicles for maracas”. She was certainly very robust!

3

Pam 10.11.12 at 9:53 pm

“Robust” is an important attribute in this Parliament! And she’s been watching the Opposition Leader’s style closely.

4

Kim 10.12.12 at 2:42 pm

A character in the BBC’s The Thick of It calls it “ear-piss”. Only in human beings, however, does one observe waste bypassing the rectum.

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Pam 10.14.12 at 12:27 am

And to think it took a woman PM to bring all this to our attention!

I thought Julia’s speech was beautifully controlled - even though she was very angry. The able politician first and foremost.

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