Tortoises as distinct from turtles all live on land, but did you know not all turtles live in water?
Some turtles, such as several species of box turtles, need access to water to stay hydrated but spend most of their time living on dry land.
People tend to use the terms “turtle” and “tortoise” interchangeably, but actually they are very different animals.
Turtles, who mostly swim in water, typically have webbed feet, while tortoises have defined toes.
Also, many turtles are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal material, while the majority of tortoises are vegetarians.
Many turtles, when housed at the right temperature and humidity, exposed to ultraviolet light, and fed a species-appropriate diet, can live for decades.
Their longevity is certainly something for a potential owner to consider before bringing a turtle into the home.
Like chickens, female turtles can lay eggs without a male turtle being around to fertilize them.
Turtles typically live in rectangular tanks filled with water, as they spend most of their time swimming.
Some male turtles also have longer nails than females.