Difference Between Turtle and Tortoise

One of the confusions I ever had in my life was to find the differences between similar things and one of them has always been the difference between a turtle and tortoise? Everytime someone mentioned a turtle, I wondered if I had pictures of a turtle and a tortoise how could I know who is who and what is what?

So the purpose of this page is to discuss some of the important characteristic differences between turtles and tortoises.

Habitat:

Turtles live in water and have webbed feet while Tortoise lives on land and would enter water only to drink or wash itself.

Shell shape and weight:

A tortoise has a doomed shaped shell while turtles have more flattened shell. Also the weight of the shell of tortoise is heavier compared to turtle.

Limb shape:

The turtle limbs are webbed and have long feet while a tortoise has short feet and bent limbs.

Diet:

Turtles eat both plants and insects while tortoise only eats plant.

Location :

Tortoises found mostly in Asia and America while Turtles are commonly found in America. Turtles like to migrate from one area to another while Tortoise stays in one area.

Lifespan:

Tortoise have long lives ranging from 80 years to 150 years while Turtles usually live 20-40 years.

 

Written by Dr.Muhammad Wasif Haq, Karachi, Pakistan.

 

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