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how long does it take for minecraft turtle eggs to hatch

A turtle[a] is a common passive mob found in beach biomes.


Turtles spawn on the sand in the Overworld on beaches with daylight, but not in its snowy variant or stone shores, occasionally in small groups of up to 5 individuals.

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10% of turtles spawned are babies.

In Java Edition, turtles spawn at light levels greater than 8, on sand blocks less than 4 blocks above sea level (typically at Y=62).

In Bedrock Edition, turtles spawn in groups of 2-6, at light level 7 or higher, at Y=60-67.


When turtles die, they drop:

  • 0-2 seagrass. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.
  • 1-3, if killed by a player or tamed wolf.
  • 1 bowl, if killed by lightning.[1]

Baby turtles do not drop anything when they die.

When a baby turtle grows up to an adult it drops:

  • 1 scute

Upon successful breeding, 1-7 is dropped.


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 the water. Like other passive mobs, they move around aimlessly and flee when attacked. When on land, they generally attempt to move to the nearest water source with direct sky access. When in an enclosed area, such as a player-made enclosure, they generally swim in circles if the water is in the area, and rarely go on land to explore, if there is any.

Turtles cannot be attached to leads,[2] but they can be led by a player holding seagrass within 10 blocks of the turtle.

Turtles can be picked up by boats‌[Java Edition only] and minecarts.

Turtles are killed instantly when struck by lightning.

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As with other aquatic mobs, turtles suffer extra damage when hit by a trident with the Impaling enchantment, and cannot drown, despite the fact that real-life turtles breathe air.


Turtles and turtle eggs are attacked by the following mobs:

Mob Attack baby turtles Attack adult turtles Attack turtle eggs Zombies, Zombie Villagers, Husks and Drowned Yes No Yes Zombified Piglins, Blaze No No Yes Skeletons, Strays and Wither Skeletons Yes No No Wild Ocelots, wild Wolves, stray Cats and Foxes Yes No No Zoglins Yes Yes No Johnny Vindicators Yes Yes No Withers Yes Yes Partial[note 1] Ravagers No No Partial[note 1]‌[BE only]

Zombies and their variants deliberately trample on turtle eggs, causing them to break.

Home beach[]

Turtles remember the block on which they hatch as their home beach. No matter how far away the turtle is, it always attempts to return to its home beach to lay its eggs after breeding.

If the player uses a tool enchanted with Silk Touch to obtain and move turtle eggs to a new location before hatching, the baby turtles remember the new hatching location as their home beach.

If a turtle is spawned from a spawn egg, summoned with the /summon command, or spawned by mob spawners, it remembers the spawn location as its home beach.

A turtle digs sand around the block on which it lays its eggs.


Feeding two turtles seagrass causes them to enter love mode, causing one of the turtles to have eggs in its inventory and appear a bit bigger (about 0.2 of a block) than normal turtles. The pregnant turtle then travels back to its home beach, which is where it first spawned. Upon arrival, it seeks a nearby sand block on which to lay its eggs. The turtle digs vigorously while turning 360 degrees for several seconds a few times – with pauses, on top of the sand, and then lays 1-4 turtle eggs. The pregnant turtle can breed again immediately after laying the eggs while the other turtle can mate immediately after mating. On Bedrock Edition turtles have a 90-second cooldown between breeding.

A turtle lays eggs after digging.


Turtle Eggs can be placed on any block in clusters of up to 4, however, they only hatch on sand or red sand. Eggs can be broken without tools and can also be trampled by living entities falling or walking on them. When a multi-egg block is trampled, eggs are broken one at a time. A turtle can walk on the eggs without breaking them. Harvesting eggs with Silk Touch drops an egg which the player can use. Mining an egg with Silk Touch resets the egg’s growth.

Turtle eggs progress toward hatching by cracking. Cracking occurs during random ticks and an egg hatches once it has cracked 3 times. When a multi-egg block hatches, all eggs within the block hatch simultaneously. Eggs grow fastest during the night and on average take 4 to 5 days to hatch. See Turtle egg#Hatching for more details.


With a height of 0.12 blocks, baby turtles are the smallest mobs in the game. Baby turtles are small enough that when they walk on soul sand, they are entirely within the space at the top of the block and therefore suffocate in it, much like endermites and silverfish.

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The growth of baby turtles can be accelerated using seagrass. Each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%, as well as slowly increasing their size by about 0.01 of a block. Upon becoming an adult, the turtle drops a scute.


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Data values[]


Java Edition:

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Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Turtles have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals together HusbandryBreed a pair of any of these 21 mobs: A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this pinkarmy.netandry/breed_an_animal Two by TwoBreed all the animals! The Parrots and the BatsBreed a pair of each of these 21 mobs: A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this pinkarmy.netandry/bred_all_animals


August 17, 2012On 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, 2012In 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 Java Edition 1.1318w07a Turtle.png Added turtles and baby turtles. 18w07bTurtles are now bred using seagrass, instead of raw cod. 18w11aAdded drowned, which attack baby turtles. 1.1418w44aAdded stray cats, which attack baby turtles. 19w07aAdded foxes, which attack baby turtles. 1.1519w39aTurtle Baby Turtle Due to a bug, the baby turtle and turtle models are currently broken. 19w40aThe turtle models have been fixed.[3] Bedrock Edition 1.5.0beta Turtle.png Added turtles (named sea turtles) and baby turtles. 1.8.0beta stray cats, which attack baby turtles. 1.13.0beta foxes, which attack baby turtles. 1.16.100beta turtles now play a sound when they lay eggs. Legacy Console Edition TU69 1.76 Patch 38 Turtle.png Added sea turtles and baby sea turtles.


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