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The Difference Between A Turtle And Tortoise

Updated on July 26, 2009
Turtle
Turtle

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.. :)

Tortoise

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:

  • Crickets
  • Meal Worms
  • Plants
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers

See how there was a cross over between the turtle's diet and the tortoise's diet?

Turtle

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:

  • Fish
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

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.

Tortoise
Tortoise

Ending Notes:

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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    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Glad to be of service Me Hubber!

      Stop by anytime! ^^

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      Me Hubber 

      8 years ago

      That was very informative. I wouldn't know they both were different until I read this!

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      shamelabboush 

      8 years ago

      You are always :)

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      LOL Shamelabboush, you crack me up you truly do.. I needed that! ^^ Glad to be of assistance.

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      shamelabboush 

      8 years ago

      Wow, there you go, I didn't know this one at all! I thought one is the male and the other is the female :) Thanks dear.

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      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks wendy!! ^_^

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      wendy_isaiah 

      8 years ago

      I learned something new today. Nice hub!

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Dohn121, yay! Good for you and god luck! I understand what you mean about good content, I try but sometimes I wonder how good my content actually is!

      Storytellersrus, Thanks for stopping by, I'm putting on the banner, I just could't decide which one to use LOL!

      Richard Ring, I suppose it does, this is just info don't take it to seriously! Turtles are cool... but I'm a tortoise girl! ^^

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      Richard Ring 

      8 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Crap! That means it's supposed to be Teenaged Mutant Ninja Tortoises! (not nearly as cool as Turtles).

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      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I have been thinking about the tortoise and the hare and how the hare got stiffed. This hub made me think, lol. Missed the hub challenge banner, too.

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes ma'am! So far I got two. I just started yesterday...The biggest problem I face is that I try very hard to put in as much "good content" as possible. I never want to short-change any of my readers. Anyhow, I think it definitely helps out the HP staff when you use the banner. But if you don't just periodically swing by the forum and give them an update.

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Dohn121! ^^

      Do I have to use the banner? Or should I? I wasn't sure why or if I had to... o_O Thanks! Are you doing the 30/30 too?

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey Cam! Good informative hub! Thank you for filling me in on this. I knew about 50% of your article. Good luck on the 30/30! Just a suggestion, use the Hubchallenge banner with you hubs. You definitely don't want to miss out.

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