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.