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Complex Turtle behaviors[edit]

Java developers recently confirmed in this article some complex turtle behaviors, such as turtles having a home beach. It also mentions turtle eggs hatching faster at night (possibly?). -EatingSilencerforBreakfast (talk) 19:57, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

I went to find out why a bunch of turtle eggs I've been protecting wouldn't hatch, resorted to accelerating the game ticks at one point which did work but I don't like doing that, and I found mention that night time naturally decreases the time they take to hatch. I've been building an outpost near the beach, so I kept sleeping the instant I could to spare myself the trouble of keeping a vigil. It feels like noting the need for night exposure should be in the article so that other people don't have to find out through other sources. -- 02:12, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
I should also note that they tend to progress or hatch close to dawn in my experience. -- 00:37, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
Well, the current version does say the three stages a turtle egg goes through are incremented at random, but it would be good to have an idea of the range of time to expect. Seems to be at least 3 nights from my experience. Amatulic (talk) 22:52, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
I also seem to remember reading (elsewhere?) that they require exposure to night sky. I've been trying to protect them lately using Glass-above, and wondering if it's Blocking too much(?) Light, total, and /or it has to be unobstructed, anyway. Yilante 11 /9 /18 2:19 pm 22:20, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
It's easy enough to test in creative. On a sand beach, build a little gazebo with a roof, place some eggs inside and some eggs outside the gazebo, wait about 5 day/night cycles, and see if only the outdoor ones hatch. ~Amatulić (talk) 00:31, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
I got a Baby Turtle to Hatch (under Glass), but still no Eggs (in many day /night cycles) have Hatched in the Solid Block covered (sky - sun /day and /or moon /night - Light, Blocked) areas. Glad I went with the decorative Glass everywhere possible. Yilante 11 /10 /18 5:40 p.m. 01:41, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
Good to know. I added a sentence to the turtle egg article about this. ~Amatulić (talk) 07:55, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, but I'm confused again (re-confused..?). I'd put a Turtle Egg underground (Blocked from - most? - Light), away from - direct - sun /moon /any-Direct, Light.
It finally Hatched (and then Grew-up, to be a full Turtle, from Baby Turtle). Though it took extra-long: it's Possible that Light came through Trapdoors, several Blocks from where the Turtle Egg, was; need to check out the Ref'd. article, above.
“The eggs hatch much faster if you are up during the night.” Speculation here, but I suspect it's as-likely to be the total (and /or # of nights) Time (again, and /or Nighttimes) one's awake at-night(-Especially), as Light-shining on, Turtle Eggs, to Hatch them. Yilante 11 /26 /18 8:12 p.m. 04:20, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
Ok *Phew (sorry) * confirmed. Turtle Eggs DO Hatch without - any even remotely direct (5 Blocks away minimum - that's not even including "taxicab distance") Light - Glass not-either necessary.
That said, they Might "require night," as - Vaguely-enough - hinted, above in that quote. That is, it may be a choice between more-Phantoms (overall, and at least they don't attack the Turtle Eggs /Baby Turtles!) - but also more Baby Turtles - Hatched, due to and /or at night, of Sleeping in a Bed, or not. Yilante 12 /13 /18 12:10 p.m. 20:11, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Not Red Sand (or assumably SoulSand). That's for sure (at least at day and /or night without any-kind of direct exposure to Sunlight, of Light). Yilante 121 /16 /18 6:11 pm 02:12, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

How long between matings?[edit]

When two turtles are fed seagrass and then mate, and one of them lays eggs, how long before the same two turtles can mate again? I've experienced some odd behavior in which one of the turtles just won't accept any more seagrass and just hangs around. Amatulic (talk) 22:52, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

This may be true. We still have a few unconfirmed, un-referenced - other than that it is the most-complex - Turtle behaviors, missing from the main Page, still. Yilante 11 /26 /18 8:09 pm 04:09, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
Here's another (possible?) part of Turtles' Breeding - mating, really - puzzle. I can get a Few, Turtles to go into Love Mode - sometimes seemingly after just Breeding them - but others Might - dunno - have extended "can't-Breed," periods of time (Many others, even..?). Yilante 12 /5 /18 8:05 a.m. 16:04, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
Ok, it seems they "Wait"-awhile, sometimes, before-actually Laying the Turtle Eggs. Like, indefinitely.
Part of how I confirmed this was they wouldn't-accept - multiples of them, even at a time - more Sea Grass (while a few Would). At first I wondered if this was because some were "designated Turtle Egg-layers," but then later realized that (even if I'd Name Tagged them for "Egg-layer," or not, I'm saying, though that's the way to confirm), they were still - maybe - "Waiting," to lay (them, the Eggs).
My guess is (since I had somewhat-limited Sand amid Water-also, in several Turtle enclosures), that they were "Waiting" to try-to find valid Sand, and /or the Player has to be within-Range, for them to both-initiate and-continue the Egg-laying. Until then, they "stay designated Egg-layers," I'll guess. Yilante 12 /26 /18 7:16 a.m. 15:17, 26 December 2018 (UTC)