The beautiful creatures will drink just about anything as they fight for survival in the nutrient-poor Amazon rainforest. Although the Amazon has plenty of water, the butterflies are actually seeking out sodium in their quest for the perfect drink. Insect expert Phil Torres , often referred to as the Jungle Guy, posted footage of the butterfly turtle tear-drinking phenomenon to his Twitter page. The butterflies are said to view the eyes of turtles as a sodium source as tears are known to be very salty. Salt can be hard to come across in the Amazon as it is so far from the ocean and butterflies are herbivores so struggle to get enough salt from plants. Torres also recently posted evidence of butterflies drinking human urine to his YouTube channel.
All rights reserved. When a species of soft-shelled turtle in China piddles in puddles, it does so through its mouth—the first evidence of an animal doing so, a new study says. The findings could also have stomach-churning implications for humans with kidney failure, scientists say. Study leader Yuen K. The urea travels through the reptiles ' bloodstreams to their mouths, so it's not technically urination. The team also found that the turtles carry a gene that produces a specialized protein that helps expel urea.
Butterflies drink tears straight out of turtles’ EYES to survive in incredible footage
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Scientists investigated the Chinese soft-shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis. These turtles are often found in brackish swamps and marshes. Intriguingly, these reptiles submerge their heads in puddles on dry land, even though they are air-breathers that mainly depend on their lungs for oxygen, making them unlikely to breathe underwater. Some fish excrete urea, the main waste product found in urine , out their gills.