What are the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

Biology Doubts

Differences between Tortoise and Turtle

Tortoise (Testudo)

Turtle (Chelone)

1. It is semi terrestrial and fresh water form.

2. It is usually large in size.

3. Tortoise bears somewhat ovoid carapace.

4. Fore and hind limbs are not modified into paddles.

5. Head of the tortoise can be completely withdrawn into the shell.

6. Tortoises feed almost entirely on vegetation.

  1. It is an aquatic and marine form.
  2. It is comparatively smaller in size.
  3. Turtle has heart shaped carapace.
  4. Fore and hind limbs are modified into paddles.
  5. Head of the turtle is partially withdrawn into the shell.
  6. Some turtles are flesh eaters.

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