Can turtles really breathe through their butts?

Can this turtle breathe through its “backdoor”? (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Everyone knows that most mammals breathe through the mouth and nose. Meanwhile, frogs can breathe through their skin. But what about turtles? How do these hard-shelled critters get oxygen?

You may have heard a strange rumor that turtles can breathe through their butts. But is this true?

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