Killing Adult: 1–3
Turtles are common passive mobs that move both on land and in water.
Baby turtles can occasionally spawn naturally.[Bedrock Edition only]
Turtles drop when they die:
When a baby turtle grows up to an adult, it drops a
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 water. Like other passive mobs, they will move around aimlessly and will flee when attacked. When on land, they will generally attempt to move to the nearest water source. When on top of eggs, they levitate.
Turtles will follow a player holding seagrass.
Baby turtles are attacked by the following mobs:
Zombie Villagers and
Ocelots and wild
If two turtles are fed with seagrass, they will enter love mode. One of the turtles will then have an egg in its inventory, and will begin making its way back to its home beach. Once the egg-filled turtle returns to its home, it will find a nearby sand block to lay the eggs on. After several seconds of digging action on top of the sand, it will lay 1–4 turtle eggs. A turtle can lay no more than 4 eggs per sand block.
The growth of baby turtles can be slowly accelerated using seagrass. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.
The beach where the turtle is spawned at is remembered by the turtle as its home beach. No matter how far away a turtle travels, it will always return to the home beach before it lays its eggs after breeding.
Baby turtles get their home location from the position of the turtle eggs that they hatched from. If the player were to pick up the eggs and move them elsewhere, the baby turtles will remember the spot where they hatched as their home beach.
Turtles spawned from spawn eggs make their home beach based on where the spawn egg is placed. This also happens when summoned with the /summon command.
- See also: Chunk format
Turtles have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
|August 17, 2012||On Reddit, Jeb was asked "I asked at pax about turtles, any work done about those?" and replied "No... I saw Mo' Creatures' turtles and got a bit demotivated to do my own ones. Maybe later..."|
|September 19, 2012||In a Reddit post anticipating the addition of another animal mob (which turned out to be the bat in 12w38a), Jeb replied to confirm that it would not be a turtle: "The truth is that I'll maybe end up adding turtles one day, it's just that Mo's turtles are difficult to top."|
|December 26, 2017||Turtle mobs were announced at Minecraft.net.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|18w07b||Turtles are now bred using seagrass instead of raw cod.|
|18w11a||Added drowned, which will attack turtles.|
|1.5||beta 22.214.171.124||Added turtles.|
- With a height of 0.12 blocks, baby turtles are the shortest mobs in the game.