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Turtle Egg

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A turtle egg[a] is a block that hatches one or more 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 breaks without dropping anything.

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 and nights), even for eggs laid on the same beach on the same day. The eggs can both grow and hatch during daytime and nighttime.


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, 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]

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
1.1318w07a Added turtle eggs.
18w11aAdded drowned, which like zombies and their variants, seek out and trample turtle eggs.
18w19a 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.
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.
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 sea turtle eggs.
1.11.0beta ravager can destroy turtle eggs in its path.
Legacy Console Edition
TU681.76Patch 38Added 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.