Our Fabulous Tortoises

Stella the Sulcata Tortoise

What's the difference between a Tortoise and a Turtle?​

 

  • Tortoises have more rounded and domed shells where turtles have thinner, more water-dynamic shells.  Turtle shells are more streamlined to aid in swimming.

  • One major key difference is that tortoises spend most of their time on land and turtles are adapted for life spent in water.

  • Tortoises have club-like forelegs and 'elephantine' hind legs. Because tortoise are often larger and heavier, there elephantine hind legs help them move around and carry the extra weight!

  • Turtles will have more flipper like legs, or webbed feet to make it easier to cruise through the water.

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