GUMMY BITES

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Did you know that tor­toises and tur­tles don’t have teeth at all? They have to rely on their jaws to tear food apart. The Leatherback Sea Tur­tle, for in­stance, grabs food with two sharp, pointed cusps — one on its up­per jaw and one on its lower jaw. The Leatherback’s gul­let stops its prey (usu­ally jel­ly­fish) from es­cap­ing. Its throat is lined with sharp spines that point down­ward and shred the jel­ly­fish to pieces as it trav­els down­wards to the tur­tle’s stom­ach. Yowza!

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