The Difference Between A Turtle And Tortoise
Turtle Or Tortoise? How Do You Tell?
Turtles and Tortoises, these animals get mixed up about as often as a frog and a toad, perhaps even more! They are mis-called all the time, if you learn a few things including how to spot the difference you'll never call a tortoise a turtle again! Or visa versa.. :)
Tortoises are land creatures, they can actually drowned if in too much water since they cannot swim like turtles, while turtles have special flipper feet made for swimming tortoise's feet are made for dry desert type land.
A tortoise's shell in also normally more round, it has more shell to it, while a turtle's shell is flatter a tortoise's shell is more of a raised curve.
Tortoises, will stay on land but often soak in a shallow pool of water. Tortoises mostly bask in the sun while turtles will swim.
Tortoises eat things like:
- Meal Worms
See how there was a cross over between the turtle's diet and the tortoise's diet?
Turtles are the water creatures, they are found in water mostly with occasional trips on dry land.
Turtles shells are also more flat then tortoises, if the shell looks enlonged or flatter then you can bet it's a turtle.
Turtles have a flatter shell like that because it helps them glide along the current in their normal surroundings.. the water.
Turtles also eat different things like water food instead of land foods.
Turtles eat things like:
These are all things turtles eat, there is however some cross over between the two.. turtles and tortoises do eat some of the same foods.
While turtles and toroises have simularities they are very different! One can glide though water while on sinks like a rock. One likes fish the other likes crickets and meal worms... a different world for both animals.
Next time you start to call a name to one of these creatures, using these facts will ensure that you can tell the difference. The biggest differences is that a turtle is water, tortoise is land. Turtle has a flatter shell while tortoises have a raised shell like a hill.
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