Turtles are a cold-blooded species, according to Orilla Packet and Times. Being cold blooded means the creature has the ability to take on the temperature of their surroundings.

Being cold-blooded means that the animal can convert more of its food into body mass than those animals that are warm-blooded, according to Orilla Packet and Times. Turtles increase their body temperature when it is time to mate, when they are hunting and when they need to escape predators. They need less energy to live than warm-blooded creatures, and they are more active in the warmer seasons than during the cold season.