The difference between a turtle and a tortoise is that a turtle lives in or near water, and a tortoise is more terrestrial. Turtles tend to have webbed feet, and marine turtles have flippers. The feet of a tortoise are l... More »

When the temperature of the water in a red-eared slider's environment drops below a certain temperature, the turtle's metabolic system slows down and he loses his appetite. states that this is one reason... More »

To take care of a turtle, change the water in the turtle's tank once a week, thoroughly clean the entire tank once or twice a month, and feed the turtle four or five times a week. Taking care of a turtle is an ongoing pr... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

The Egyptian tortoise, known as Kleinmann's tortoise, belongs to the Testudinidae family of land-dwelling turtles and is native to the North African coast. The colors on the Egyptian tortoise's high-domed shell may inclu... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

The hinge-back tortoise has a hinge, which is known as a carapace, across the back portion of its shell. It lives in savannas in tropical and subtropical Africa. The tortoise eats insects, snails, slugs, dead frogs, tadp... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

The "awkward turtle" is a hand gesture. The hands are placed one on top of each other, palms down, thumbs sticking out to the sides. The thumbs are then wiggled. The intent of the gesture is to acknowledge being caught i... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

The largest ever recorded turtle was a leatherback turtle that weighed in at 2,016 pounds and was 9 feet long. It died after becoming trapped in fishing lines. More »