What is the difference between a Tortoise and a Turtle?

Last time we talked about the difference between a frog and a toad, now we’ll be talking about the difference between a tortoise and a turtle. What?! They’re different? For people like me who, for most of my life, believed that the two are the same this will be a liberating experience.

They look very similar, making it hard to instantly determine whether one is a turtle or a tortoise. A turtle has a webbed feet and long claws, and can live on both land and bodies of water. Their shell is a little flat and they’re lighter than that of a tortoise.

A tortoise, on the other hand, has short limbs and live on land. Their limbs are bulky, like that of an elephant. Their have dome-like shells which are usually heavier than a turtle’s.

Both can be kept as pets but keep in mind their lifespan. Lifespan depends on the species, for tortoises they generally live more than 100 years, some species of turtles usually live up to 80 years. If you’ll keep one as pet, be sure that when you’re gone someone will take care of it!


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