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What's the difference: turtle or tortoise?
by Staff
Both are hard-shelled and slow moving, but turtles and tortoises are majorly different. Can you tell these amphibious cousins apart?

Which of these creatures is more likely to live in land?

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Both turtles and tortoises have webbed feet for swimming.

  • true
  • false

Which of these creatures is a strict vegetarian?

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Both of these animals can retract their head completely into their shell.

  • true
  • false

The world's largest living reptile belongs to this animal family.

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Turtles tend to have flatter, sleeker shells than tortoises.

  • true
  • false

These creatures stick to only the driest, warmest regions of the world.

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Which of these has the smallest species as a member?

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Which of these families is more varied?

  • turtle
  • tortoise

Turtles lay eggs while tortoises give birth to live young.

  • true
  • false