What’s the Difference Between a Turtle and a Tortoise?

Turtle or tortoise? Can you spot the differences?

Turtles, like our yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles, are aquatic animals that are adapted to life in water. They have smooth flat shells and webbed feet that help them swim easily. Tortoises, like our leopard tortoises, are terrestrial animals adapted to life on land. They have a dome-shaped shell and round, stumpy feet for walking on dry soil. Keep following along with our social media and website as we continue Bringing the Zoo to You with more animal facts and stories!

Leopard tortoise, Stigmochelys pardalis
yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle, Podocnemis unifilis