Tortoises and Turtles: Legs or flippers?

FAST FACTS:

The tortoise has short, thick legs with claws for walking on land.

The turtle has flippers for swimming in the sea.

The terrapin has webbed feet with claws for walking on land and swimming in water.

On World Turtle Day®, a day that reminds people to protect all species of tortoises and turtles, it is a day to look at their feet. Which one has feet and which one has flippers?

Tortoise

tortoise with short legs with claws

Tortoise

tortoise 

Turtle

turtle with flippers

Terrapin

terrapin swimming in water – it has webbed feet with claws

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is celebrating its 17th annual World Turtle Day® on 23 May. ATR created the “shellebration” to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

ATR launched World Turtle Day® to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. Biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. ATR’s ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world.

https://www.worldturtleday.org

American Tortoise Rescue

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