Turtle Egg

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Turtle eggs[n 1] 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, and then only at night. The egg cannot begin the hatching process if it is placed on red sand. The time until hatching varies (typically taking several nights), even for eggs laid on the same beach on the same day. Turtle eggs hatch only on sand, at night.


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]

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, will seek out and trample turtle eggs.
18w19a Turtle eggs now have a proper item texture.
18w22aIf 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.
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.