Turtle Egg

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Turtle eggs[Java Edition only] or sea turtle eggs[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only] are blocks that hatch into baby turtles.


Turtle eggs can be obtained in the inventory using tools with the Silk Touch enchantment. If broken without the enchantment, pushed by a piston, or if a gravity-affected block falls into its space, the egg will break without dropping anything. Turtle eggs will also break when standing on them; they will break one-by one until all eggs in the block are broken.

Breeding turtles[edit]

When two turtles are bred with seagrass, one of them will burrow around in the sand and lay an egg block that contains 1-4 eggs after several seconds. The egg will go through three stages before hatching, which will only happen when the egg is placed on regular sand. The egg cannot begin the hatching process if it is placed on red sand.


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.

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, one egg will break on the block. Most undead hostile mobs will 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.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

1–4Number of eggs.

0–2Determines how close an egg is to hatching; starts at 0 and is randomly incremented.


Java Edition
1.13 18w07a
Added turtle eggs.
18w11a Added drowned, which like zombies and their variants, will seek out and trample turtle eggs.
Turtle eggs now have a proper item texture.
18w22a If the player is inside the hitbox of one turtle egg, and another is attempted to be placed, the placement will fail.
Now makes placement sounds when the amount in a stack is increased.
More turtle eggs than normal can be placed in one stack by aiming at adjacent blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.5 beta Added sea turtle eggs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU681.76Patch 38Added sea turtle eggs.


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