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What’s the difference between turtles and tortoises ?

What’s the difference between turtles and tortoises ?

ivermectin 12 mg tablet for what purposeSnapchat video of a girl ‘saving’ a tortoise has gone viral – but for all the wrong reasons.

jackmillion casino free spins A young woman, known only as Kimberley on the social networking app, is seen holding a tortoise and begins the video by saying: « So, here’s a little note to self – if anyone runs into a turtle, save it.

Uppal Kalan online slots canadian « Don’t just leave it on the road. They’re so cute. »

zoom poker with friends heedfully She then says « turtle saving is a hobby » before tossing the creature into a pond. However, tortoises, unlike turtles, cannot swim and could have died as a result of the « rescue ».

Pretoria stromectol gale prix The reptile was later identified as a gopher tortoise, which is a federally threatened animal in parts of America.

While the video could be a very well made prank, turtles and tortoises are commonly mistaken and, in cases like this, the error could prove fatal.

Here, we round up some of the major differences between the two reptiles…

Habitat

Turtles

Turtles live almost exclusively in the water. The only time they come to land is to lay eggs, but the mother will quickly abandon her young and return back to the water, leaving the turtle hatchlings alone from birth.

Tortoises

Unlike turtles, tortoises are terrible swimmers and live on land. Mother tortoises will provide protection to their young hatchlings for around 80 days after birth – after which they survive on their own.

Turtle
Tortoise or turtle? CREDIT: REX

Physique

Turtles

Because they spend so much time in the water, a turtles body is streamlined to help it glide more effectively. They also have fins, webbed feet, and long claws, which help them get a good grip on debris and climb onto surfaces.

Tortoises

Tortoise shells are shaped like a dome and are incredibly sturdy, to help protect them from predators. They tend to have short, sturdy feet with long claws to help them with digging.

Diet

Turtles

Turtles are omnivores – meaning they eat both vegetation and other animals. As well as vegetation, they have been known to feed on small fish, jellyfish, and insects such as earthworms.

Tortoises

Most tortoises are herbivores, surviving on a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grasses and flowers. Some species of tortoise are thought to consume up to 200 different types of plants throughout the years.

Tortoise
Turtle or tortoise? CREDIT: FOTO NATURA

Lifespan

Turtles

Sea turtles have an average lifespan of 60 to 70 years, with around 50 of those required for the reptile to reach maturity. The lifespan of the common turtle lies somewhere between 20 and 40 years.

Tortoises

In contrast, tortoises can live to be around 80, with some having been known to live for over 150 years. Experts say it is possible for most tortoises to live for over 100 years in captivity, but living beyond that would require « carefully controlled, nurturing environments. »

The world’s oldest tortoise is 183-year-old Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise that lives on the island of Saint Helena.