How to sign turtle in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with the palm side of your dominant hand on top of the thumb side of your non-dominant hand. Wiggle the thumb of your dominant hand up and down a couple of times, mimicking a turtle's head moving underneath its shell.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of turtle

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of turtle

End of Sign

Final Frame of turtle

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for turtle
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for turtle
Create a 'C' shape with your fingers, extending the thumb outwards from the fingers as if giving a sideways thumbs-up.

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