1. Jazzlet says

    I’d call that a tortoise, though I’m not sure what the difference is between a turtle and a tortoise.

    We had one like that for a while when I was a child, we found it in the middle of a road, and after enquiring of the houses round about who all said it wasn’t theirs, we took it home. ‘It’ because I had, and have, no idea how you sex a tortoise. Anyway we had it for a year or so before it escaped and was never found again. Years later I learnt that some tortoises in every generation wander, each heading off on their own consistent compass direction and that this was thought to be important in mixing up the gene pool. We had obviously found a wanderer, which wandered off when it got the chance. Not ideal in suburban Oxford.

    Thank you RI for the memory.

  2. voyager says

    Wikipedia says that ‘Turtle’ is used generically to refer to of the order of testudines and tortoise is species specific.

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