Difference Between a Turtle and a Tortoise

Difference Between a Turtle and a Tortoise

In biological terms, you often see that the words, ‘Tortoise,’ ‘Turtle,’ and ‘Terrapin’ are used one after another. Their habitat plays an important role in their classification. Without a doubt, they all belong to the common order of Chelonia, which has 244 species in it. The Americans consider turtles as aquatic or semi-aquatic Chelonians. Australians…

Burmese Star Tortoise

Burmese Star Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Geochelone Species:     G. platynota Binomial name:     Geochelone platynota The Burmese Star tortoise Geochelone Platynota is a large tortoise.  These are critically endangered species. They are inhabitants of the deciduous dry forests of Myanmar.  The Burmese star tortoise is…

Chaco Tortoise

Chaco Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Subclass:       Anapsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chelonoidis Species:     C. petersi Binomial name:     Chelonoidis chilensis Chaco Tortoises or the tortoise Chelonoidis Chilensis belong to the family Testudinidae.  The tortoise derives its name from the Chaco regions in Argentina and Paraguay, which…

Boulenger’s Cape Tortoise

Boulenger’s Cape Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Homopus Species:     H. boulengeri Binomial name:     Homopus boulengeri Boulenger’s cape tortoise Homopus Boulengeri, now renamed as Karoo Padloper,  is also called Doonner-wee tortoise or Boulenger’s Padloper. This tortoise belongs to the genus of Homopus and is widespread in the province…

Bolson Tortoise

Bolson Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:     Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Gopherus Species:     G. flavomarginatus Binomial name:     Gopherus flavomarginatus The Bolson Tortoise Gopherus,  biologically named Gopherus Flavomarginatus, otherwise known as Yellow-margined or Mexican giant tortoise is a variety of tortoise that originated from the North American…

Angulated Tortoise

Angulated Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:     Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chersina Species:     C. angulata Binomial name:     Chersina angulata Angulated tortoises belong to the species of tortoise Chersina angulata, the only species of the genus Chersina.  We can find these species in the dry regions and…

Asian Forest Tortoise

Asian Forest Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Manouria Species:     M. emys Binomial name:     Manouria emys You can call the Burmese tortoise, Manouria Emys, by many names like Asian brown, Asian Forest, Burmese Mountain, Burmese Black, Burmese Brown, and six-legged tortoise. Asian Forest Tortoise is the fourth largest…

African Pancake Tortoise

African Pancake Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Malacochersus Species:     M. tornieri Binomialname:     Malacochersus tornieri The African pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) has a flat-shell and inhabits Kenya and Tanzania. It earned its name from its flat-shaped shell. It is the solitary member of the species malacochersus.  The biggest…

Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:     Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Aldabrachelys Species:     A. gigantea Binomial name:     Aldabrachelys gigantea Aldabra Tortoise, Aldabrachelys Gigantean, has one of the longest life spans on earth.  They could very well have the longest lifespan.  Nobody exactly knows how long these…

African Spurred Tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Geochelone The African spurred tortoise Geochelone sulcata, known as African spur thigh tortoise, or sometimes as sulcata tortoise, is the world’s third largest variety of tortoises. It is also the largest variety of mainland tortoise, not seen…