San Diego (CA) Photos

January 14, 2009

Turtle, tortoise, and terrapin: what’s the difference?

Filed under: San Diego Zoo — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

All turtles, tortoises, and terrapins are reptiles, have scales, lay eggs and are ectothermic.  So what is difference?  Turtles, like those pictured below, spend most of their time in water.  Tortoises live mostly on land and terrapins live both in water and on land.  

These three beautiful turtles live in the Japanese Friendship Garden pond at the San Diego Zoo.  




  1. This is a beautiful shot.

    Comment by Sharon (Phoenix Daily Photo) — January 14, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

  2. They seem to be looking at you, all three of them. They’re strange, but special beings.

    Comment by Marc — January 14, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  3. Cute and beautiful.

    Comment by babooshka — January 15, 2009 @ 2:51 am

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