Differences in diet most land based tortoises are herbivores while turtles can be both herbivores and carnivoresthis is a video of a turtle eating a pigeon reproduction of turtles vs tortoises the eggs from a turtle are somewhat soft and leather like similar to the eggs produced by other reptiles. What is a tortoise anyway is it just a fancy way to say turtle well actually theres a meaningful difference between tortoises and other turtles all tortoises are in fact turtles that is they belong to the order testudines or chelonia reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shell but not all turtles are tortoises. Did you know that tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises most people use the term turtle to reference any reptile with a shell on its back but theres several differences between these two unique creatures world turtle dayr is on may 23 and the zoo is excited to raise awareness and share ways we all can enhance the conservation of turtles and tortoises. That being said in general there are a few commonly accepted distinctions between turtles tortoises and terrapins a green turtle in the sea green turtles are named for the greenish colour of their cartilage and fat not their shells turtles marine marine based turtles spend most of their lives at sea only returning to land to lay eggs. Turtle is often used to refer to sea turtles that rarely leave the ocean of course turtle can also refer to the many types of turtles that live in fresh water such as lakes or ponds the word tortoise on the other hand is usually used to refer to turtles that spend most of their time on land eating shrubs and grasses
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