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Turtle Egg
Turtle Egg1.pngTurtle Egg2.pngTurtle Egg3.pngTurtle Egg4.pngTurtle Egg5.pngTurtle Egg6.png




Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 414 hex: 19E bin: 110011110

Namespaced ID


A turtle egg[a] is a block that hatches one or more baby turtles.

Natural generation[edit]

Breeding turtles[edit]

After two turtles are bred with seagrass, one of them travels back to its home beach, digs in the sand, and lays an egg block that contains 1-4 eggs after several seconds. The egg goes through three stages before hatching. Hatching occurs only when the egg is placed on regular sand. The egg cannot begin the hatching process if it is placed on red sand. The time until hatching varies (typically taking several day cycles), even for eggs laid on the same beach on the same day. The eggs can grow as well as hatch during day and night, but grow faster during the night.


Turtle eggs can be obtained in the inventory using tools with the Silk Touch enchantment. If broken without the enchantment, pushed by a piston, a gravity-affected block falls into its space, or the player falls onto it from a higher block, the egg breaks without dropping anything.


Turtle eggs can be placed similarly to normal solid blocks, and slowly hatch into turtles. Up to 4 turtle eggs can be placed onto 1 block. Turtle eggs only hatch if on sand (not red sand). They hatch significantly faster at nighttime.

If a player or large-enough mob, armor stand, falling block, or item[1][Java and Legacy Console editions only] falls or stands on an egg for a certain amount of time, the egg breaks. As long as the entity remains on the egg block, the eggs break one at a time until all eggs in the block are destroyed.

Most undead hostile mobs actively seek out and trample turtle eggs, breaking egg after egg on the block until all of them have been destroyed, unless mobGriefing is false.

A new egg placed near another egg that is about to hatch causes the new egg to hatch faster.[verify]


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.metal.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.75 0.25 16
Block broken block.metal.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 1.2 1.0 16
Block placed block.metal.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 1.2 1.0 16
Footsteps block.metal.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.5 0.15 16
No subtitle block.metal.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 1.125 0.5 16
Turtle egg hatches entity.turtle.egg_hatch subtitles.entity.turtle.egg_hatch ? ? ? 16
Turtle egg cracks entity.turtle.egg_crack subtitles.entity.turtle.egg_crack ? ? ? 16
Turtle egg breaks entity.turtle.egg_break subtitles.entity.turtle.egg_break ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Number of eggs.
Determines how close an egg is to hatching; starts at 0 and is randomly incremented.


Java Edition
1.1318w07aTurtle Egg1.pngTurtle Egg2.pngTurtle Egg3.pngTurtle Egg4.pngTurtle Egg5.pngTurtle Egg6.png Added turtle eggs.
18w11aAdded drowned, which like zombies and their variants, seek out and trample turtle eggs.
18w19aTurtle Egg (item) JE2 BE2.png Turtle eggs now display as a 2D sprite in the inventory.
18w22aIf the player is inside the hitbox of one turtle egg, and another is attempted to be placed, the placement fails.
Turtle eggs now make placement sounds when the amount in a stack is increased.
More turtle eggs than normal can now be placed in one stack by aiming at adjacent blocks.
1.1419w03cTurtle egg clusters now use correct cullface arguments, with the exception of four turtle eggs, which still renders a redundant face.[needs testing]
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta Egg1.pngTurtle Egg2.pngTurtle Egg3.pngTurtle Egg4.pngTurtle Egg5.pngTurtle Egg6.png Added sea turtle eggs.
1.11.0beta can now destroy turtle eggs in their path.
1.13.0beta Egg (item) JE2 BE2.png Turtle eggs now display as a 2D sprite in the inventory.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Turtle Egg1.pngTurtle Egg2.pngTurtle Egg3.pngTurtle Egg4.pngTurtle Egg5.pngTurtle Egg6.png Turtle Egg (item) JE2 BE2.png Added sea turtle eggs.


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  1. Known as turtle egg in Java Edition and sea turtle egg in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions.