Turtles are small, shy reptiles that retreat into their shells when anything larger than them approaches. They can be flipped onto their back by right-clicking them, and it takes them several seconds to flip themselves back over. Turtles are commonly found in Swamp Biomes.
To tame a Turtle, it needs to be given Sugar Cane or a Melon Slice by dropping the Sugar Cane/Melon Slice near the Turtle (Q by default) and waiting for the Turtle to eat it. After it is already named, the Turtle's name can be changed by using a Book or a Medallion. Turtles will not eat the Sugar Cane/Melon Slice while they are curled up inside their shells, so the player must back away after dropping the food for the Turtle to be tamed. If a Turtle is hurt, it can be healed by being right-clicked with a Sugar Cane or a Melon Slice. Turtles, like many other small, tameable Mobs in the Mo' Creatures Mod, can be placed on the player's head by right-clicking on them. Turtles on the ground will follow the player regardless of what is in hand. One must be careful when owning a turtle, as it will be attacked by untamed Scorpions, Komodo Dragons and other creatures.
Once tamed, Turtles will automatically grow, regardless of where they are or what they are fed. They can even be left in a cave, alone and with no food, and they will still grow. Even if a Turtle has grown to its maximum size, it will still ride on the player's head. It is also possible to feed them melon to make them grow slowly.
If Turtles are named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo-Blue, Michelangelo-Orange, Donatello-Purple, Raphael-Red), the turtles will gain outfits reminiscent of the Ninja Turtles from the comics. If one of these "ninja turtles" are killed, they each have a chance of dropping a unique weapon. Each one will drop a certain unique weapon. For example, Raphael will drop a Sai.
The special skin does not work in the 1.6.4 beta version.
When a Turtle is killed, it has a chance of dropping Turtle Meat. If Turtle Meat is combined with a Bowl in the Crafting Section, Turtle Soup can be made. Turtle Soup will recover three hunger points.