Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog. I was sitting around and thinking to myself, “Self, When is a turtle not a tortoise or vice versa? Then self said to me “well you do have the internet, why don’t you look it up and then write a blog about it?” That brings us to present day LOL. In this week’s blog at CTC Animal Rides takes a look at some of the differences between the two.

The largest difference in my opinion is between being able to swim or not. Tortoises dwell on land. There are a great many other differences between them also. When you’re looking a tortoise you’ll see more of a dome shaped shell. A turtle’s shell is more streamlined to be aqua-dynamic (like aerodynamic but in water). A tortoise’s shell is generally heavier than a turtle’s also.

When you look at their appendages you see a fundamental difference as well. A tortoise has short feet that are pretty sturdy. A turtle has webbed feet with claws on them. A tortoise will live between 80 and 150 years while the lifespan of a turtle is 20 to forty years. The oldest tortoise on record was 326 years old. It’s name was Adwaita and it lived from 1750 to 2006 in India. The current champ is going strong at 186 years old on the Island of Saint Helena.

There are a lot of other really killer facts about the differences between the two and this is just one prime example of the kind of knowledge the staff at CTC Animal Rides brings when we present animals at your event or facility. Give us a call today and let’s talk about how we can turn your event into an adventure.