Turtle

Minecraft Mob

A turtle (in Java Edition) or sea turtle (in Bedrock Edition) is a common passive mob found in beach biomes. Turtles spawn on the sand in the Overworld on beaches with daylight, but not in its snowy variant or stony shores, occasionally in small groups of up to 5 individuals. 10% of turtles...

Turtle

Health points 30 × 15
Behavior Passive
Classification Animal Aquatic
Hitbox size In Java Edition: Adult: Height: 0.4 Blocks Width: 1.2 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.12 Blocks Width: 0.36 Blocks In Bedrock Edition: Adult: Height: 0.4 Blocks Width: 1.2 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.032 Blocks Width: 0.096 Blocks
Spawn Beach
Usable items Seagrass

Spawning

Turtles spawn on the sand in the Overworld on beaches with daylight, but not in its snowy variant or stony shores, occasionally in small groups of up to 5 individuals.

10% of turtles spawned are babies.

In Java Edition, turtles spawn at light levels greater than 8, on sand blocks less than 4 blocks above sea level (typically at Y=62).

In Bedrock Edition, turtles spawn in groups of 2–6, at light level 7 or higher, at Y=60–67.

Drops

When turtles die, they drop:

  • 0–2 seagrass. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0–5 with Looting III.
  • 1–3, if killed by a player or tamed wolf.
  • 1 bowl, if killed by lightning.[1]

Baby turtles do not drop anything when they die.

When a baby turtle grows up to an adult it drops:

  • 1 scute

Upon successful breeding, 1–7 is dropped.

Behavior

Turtles can both move around on land and swim in water. They move slowly on land, but they can swim at a fast speed in the water. Like other passive mobs, they move around aimlessly and flee when attacked. When on land, they generally attempt to move to the nearest water source with direct sky access. When in an enclosed area, such as a player-made enclosure, they generally swim in circles if the water is in the area, and rarely go on land to explore, if there is any.

Turtles cannot be attached to leads,[2] but they can be led by a player holding seagrass within 10 blocks of the turtle.

Turtles can be picked up by boats‌[Java Edition only] and minecarts.

Turtles are killed instantly when struck by lightning.

As with other aquatic mobs, turtles suffer extra damage when hit by a trident with the Impaling enchantment,‌[Java Edition only]‌[until JE Edition Combat Tests] and cannot drown, despite the fact that real-life turtles breathe air.

Predators

Turtles and turtle eggs are attacked by the following mobs:

Home beach

Turtles remember the block on which they hatch as their home beach. No matter how far away the turtle is, it always attempts to return to its home beach to lay its eggs after breeding.

If the player uses a tool enchanted with Silk Touch to obtain and move turtle eggs to a new location before hatching, the baby turtles remember the new hatching location as their home beach.

If a turtle is spawned from a spawn egg, summoned with the /summon command, or spawned by mob spawners, it remembers the spawn location as its home beach.

Breeding

Feeding two turtles seagrass causes them to enter love mode, causing one of the turtles to have eggs in its inventory and appear a bit bigger (about 0.2 of a block) than normal turtles. The pregnant turtle then travels back to its home beach, which is where it first spawned. Upon arrival, it seeks a nearby sand block on which to lay its eggs. A turtle always lays eggs within 9 blocks from where it was born. The turtle digs vigorously while turning 360 degrees for several seconds a few times, and then lays 1–4 turtle eggs. In Java Edition, the pregnant turtle re-enters love mode for 30 seconds after laying the eggs while the other turtle is available to be fed again immediately after mating. In Bedrock Edition turtles have a 90-second cooldown between breeding.

Eggs

Turtle eggs can be placed on any block in clusters of up to 4, however, they hatch only on sand or red sand, above or below water. Eggs can be broken without tools and can also be trampled by living entities falling or walking on them. When a multi-egg block is trampled, eggs are broken one at a time. A turtle can walk on the eggs without breaking them. Harvesting eggs with Silk Touch drops an egg, which the player can collect. Mining an egg with Silk Touch resets the egg's growth.

Turtle eggs progress toward hatching by cracking. Cracking occurs during random ticks, and an egg hatches once it has cracked 3 times. When a multi-egg block hatches, all eggs within the block hatch simultaneously. Eggs grow fastest during the night and typically take 4 to 5 in-game days to hatch. See Turtle egg#Hatching for more details.

Babies

With a height of 0.12 blocks, baby turtles are among the smallest mobs in the game. Baby turtles are small enough that when they walk on soul sand, they are entirely within the space at the top of the block and therefore suffocate in it, much like endermites and silverfish.

Upon hatching, baby turtles search for the nearest water block within a 47×1×47 region two blocks below the turtle and attempt to approach it.

Baby turtles take one Minecraft day to grow up (20 minutes). The growth can be accelerated using seagrass. Each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%. Upon becoming an adult, the turtle drops a scute.

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Entity data

Turtles have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

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Advancements

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Gallery

  • A baby turtle moving on the beach after being hatched.
  • A turtle moving on land.
  • A turtle swimming in a small pool of water.
  • A skeleton attacking a baby turtle.
  • A wolf attacking a group of baby turtles.
  • Two turtles mating.
  • A player luring a group of turtles using seagrass.
  • Two turtles with some turtle eggs.
  • More turtles with eggs.
  • A turtle picked up by a boat.
  • A large number of turtles in an artificial lake.

Screenshots

  • A baby turtle moving on the beach after being hatched.
  • A turtle moving on land.
  • A turtle swimming in a small pool of water.
  • A skeleton attacking a baby turtle.
  • A wolf attacking a group of baby turtles.
  • Two turtles mating.
  • A player luring a group of turtles using seagrass.
  • Two turtles with some turtle eggs.
  • More turtles with eggs.
  • A turtle picked up by a boat.
  • A large number of turtles in an artificial lake.

Developer screenshots

  • The first released screenshot of a turtle.
  • A baby turtle on top of the head of an adult.

In other media

  • Turtles as seen in the Update Aquatic artwork.
  • Official turtle artwork.
  • Lego Minecraft Turtle.
  • Mojang Studios' animation showing when a turtle becomes a bowl.

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