Finding and Breeding Sea Turtles
To breed sea turtles in Minecraft, you will first need to locate a beach biome that has adult sea turtles naturally spawning. Sea turtles will spawn in warm ocean biomes, so look for beaches along ocean coasts in those areas. According to the Minecraft Wiki https://minecraft-archive.fandom.com/wiki/Sea_Turtle, sea turtles spawn on beaches in warm, normal and lukewarm ocean biomes.
Once you have found some adult sea turtles, you can breed them by feeding each one some seagrass. Feed two sea turtles seagrass to get them to enter love mode and breed with each other. After breeding, one of the sea turtles will crawl up on land and lay turtle eggs in the sand. The turtle eggs will look like white eggs buried in the sand.
According to a Reddit post https://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/d14mqv/where_can_i_find_turtles/, the best places to find sea turtles are sandy shore areas near ocean biomes, especially on small islands surrounded by water.
Hatching the Eggs
In Minecraft, sea turtle eggs must be placed on sand or red sand in order to hatch properly. The eggs will go through three cracking stages before hatching:
First, a small crack will appear on the eggs. After another night passes in-game, more cracks will spread along the eggs. On the third night, the eggs will be fully cracked and ready to hatch. According to the Minecraft Wiki, it takes an average of 4-5 nights for sea turtle eggs to fully hatch.
You can speed up the hatching process by sleeping through the nights or remaining nearby the nest. Turtle eggs hatch significantly faster at nighttime, so skipping ahead to night will help the eggs crack quicker. Staying close to the nest also helps the eggs hatch faster compared to leaving the area.
Overall, it typically takes 3-5 in-game days or Minecraft nights for sea turtle eggs to go through the cracking stages and fully hatch. Be patient, protect the nest from predators, and take steps to speed up hatching for your sea turtle eggs.
Caring for the Baby Turtles
Once the turtle eggs have hatched, it's important to properly care for the baby turtles to help them survive and grow into adults. According to the Minecraft Wiki, baby turtles take one in-game day (20 minutes) to mature into adults. However, you can speed up their growth by 10% each time you feed them seagrass.
Make sure to prevent the baby turtles from wandering into the ocean where they can easily drown. Build a small pen on the beach using fences or walls to keep them safely contained. You'll also want to protect the babies from hostile mobs like zombies that will attack and kill them.
According to WikiHow, feeding seagrass to baby turtles will accelerate their growth process. Each piece of seagrass reduces their remaining growth time by 10%. Feed babies frequently to quickly mature them into adults that can breed and lay more turtle eggs.
With proper care and feeding, your baby turtles will rapidly grow into healthy adults. Make sure to continue breeding and hatching sea turtle eggs to expand your turtle population.
Troubleshooting Egg Hatching
Sometimes turtle eggs may not hatch even after several minecraft days. There are a few troubleshooting tips to try to get your turtle eggs to successfully hatch:
First, if the eggs have not hatched after around 5 minecraft days, try breaking the eggs and replacing them. The eggs may have become glitched and replacing them essentially resets the hatching timer.
Also ensure the turtle eggs are placed on valid blocks like sand, red sand, or grass. Eggs cannot hatch if placed on most other blocks.
Another issue can be distance - adult turtles need to be within a certain radius of the eggs in order for them to hatch. Make sure there are adult turtles within 50-100 blocks of the nest.
Finally, light levels impact the speed of hatching. Turtle eggs hatch faster at night in the dark. Placing torches around the nest will slow down the hatching process. Remove any nearby light sources to speed up hatching.
Breeding More Turtles
Once your baby sea turtles have hatched and grown into adults, you can continue expanding your turtle farm by breeding the adults again. Adult sea turtles can be bred by feeding them seagrass, which will prompt them to lay more eggs in the sand . You can collect these eggs and place them in clusters on sand near an adult turtle to hatch even more babies.
Expanding your turtle farm allows you to generate a steady supply of scutes, seagrass, turtle shells, and other useful items. As your farm grows, you may want to transport turtle eggs long distances back to your main base. Turtle eggs can be safely moved with silk touch tools without cracking them . You can even automate the hatching process using redstone contraptions to have eggs crack and hatch simultaneously .