The Magma Turtle's cryptozoological classification, Tortoisa Vulkana, comes from the English word "tortoise" and the Russian word for "volcano."
The Magma Turtle is a gigantic turtle covered in a rocky shell, giving it the appearance of a statue when not moving. Several palm trees grow from the top of its shell.
The Magma Turtle is a strange species of turtle native to Skull Island. The species is indigenous to the region around Hellspring Peak, a volcano on the island. Magma Turtle eggs are laid in the heart of the volcano, where molten magma breaks through the shell and surrounds the embryo, hardening into an armored, rocky shell. As the Magma Turtle grows and matures, it returns to the volcano periodically to re-forge its shell.
The Magma Turtle is a docile herbivorous creature, and does not fear predation not only because of its inedible shell, but also because of its boiling, molten lava-like blood.
The Magma Turtle's igneous rock shell serves as a strong armor that protects it from damage.
The Magma Turtle is remarkably resistant to extreme heat. It can survive being submerged in molten magma from the moment it is still an embryo, and uses molten rock to forge its armored hide.
As a byproduct of its close proximity to molten magma, the Magma Turtle's bloodstream reaches furnace-like temperatures, making its blood akin to molten lava. If the Magma Turtle were to be injured by a predator, its blood would act as a potent defense mechanism to deter its attacker.
- Concept art of the Magma Turtle is included in The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island. Like many of the other monsters introduced in Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, the Magma Turtle was conceptualized for Kong: Skull Island but did not make it into the film.
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