Can anybody please help me understand the difference between turtle & tortoise?

37w ago
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No, I'm serious. I still don't understand, I thought they were the same thing

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  • Turtles vs Tortoises;

    Turtles and tortoises are very similar yet also very different creatures. Both fall under the taxonomic class of Reptilia and both feature a hard bony or cartilaginous shell that is effectively a set of modified ribs. Both being in the class of reptilia means that they are egg-laying and cold-blooded.

    We’ll actually start with terrapins, which don’t exist. They are a grouping of similar species that fall under the order Testudines and are technically turtles spread across the taxonomic families of Geoemydidae and Emydidae. (Terrapins aren’t technically a species, just varients of turtles spread across different clades).

    Turtles are the overarching level of classification here as the order of Testudines encompasses turtles and tortoises. Ergo, tortoises are a form of turtle. Tortoises are the land-based version of turtles, which in older biological terms were simply called land turtles.

    Tortoises are dry turtles, but turtles are not tortoises. Make sense?

    From a zoologist.

      8 months ago
  • Turtles- moist water woods or ocean

    Tortoise- Dry arid desert like terrain.


      8 months ago
  • One is pretty big the other pretty small 😂 guess which is which. Then there's terrapins a different story all together

      8 months ago
  • That is a turtle, if what you see is walking and has flattened foot things, it's a tortoise!

      8 months ago
  • Turtles swim live in the oceans tortoise live on land

      8 months ago
    • thanks. So a household pet is a tortoise, unless I keep it in the water and then it's turtle. Obviously, one shouldn't put tortoises in the water to turn them into turtles 'cause that'd be cruel

        8 months ago
    • I suggest you goggle turtles 🐢& tortoises .

        8 months ago