What is the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin? I went roaming the Internets for the past few days to discover the answer to this question because people have been offering to give me turtles, tortoises, and terrapins because they are moving. Some are moving because they are graduating from college with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and are convinced they cannot take their turtle/tortoise/terrapin with them. And, no – although I would love to have another turtle, and will probably get one in the semi-distant future – I cannot afford to keep a second turtle/tortoise/terrapin unless the habitat and stand accompany them. Then it comes down to space and where they can be kept since we live in an apartment.
According to the article (link provided), the main difference between these three species is whether or not they go into the water often. A tortoise is mostly land based and is primarily a vegetarian and a turtle is omnivorous and spends a good portion of the time in the water. A tortoise and a terrapin are terms for the same animal and it depends on where you live as to what they are called.
Tidbits: Halloween is coming up and I am thinking – this year we may throw a Halloween party. We haven’t had a Halloween party in years. No party is complete without cupcakes, so here is a decorating idea I ran across calling playfully for me to attempt. Hope you enjoy! Just follow the link provided at “Tidbits.”