(Digger our Russian Tortoise Suffering An Identity Crisis)
Turtle or Tortoise?
Turtles and Tortoises both are Chelonians. The differences are as follows.
Turtles have webbed feet and it helps them adapt to swimming .They live mostly in the water and come out to bask in the sun or lay eggs.
Tortoises live on land and have rounded feet that look like elephants in A lot of cases.They are not good swimmers and can drown.A lot of tortoise species dig burrows to escape the elements.
(Rosey- A resuce we had who was clipped by A car.She ended up doing great and was released ! Rosey is A Turtle)
(Beaker,Digger and Delilah our Russian Tortoises-100% land dwellers)
Here is another interesting fact.Some turtles live mostly on land but can swim and live near A water source.They however are not considered A tortoise since they are not 100% land dwelling.
(George is A Florida Box Turtle-Not exactly A tortoise but almost)
So there are your basics.My disclaimer is this post was aimed at people who might not know and want to learn somthing new.I wrote this because my Tortoises want to raise awareness. They get called Turtle A lot when were out and about.
(Beaker -Russian Tortoise)