Day 78: Turtle Versus Tortoise

When you are born with a shell on your back, making sure your large shell-less assistant knows precisely which species you are can be pretty important. Unfortunately, your taxonomony (what the shell-less beings call your rank, file and serial number, aka your classification) doesn’t exactly make this easy. Technically, all shelled beings are “turtles.” YetContinue reading “Day 78: Turtle Versus Tortoise”

Day 38: Turtle Besties

Everyone needs friends. Whether you are a shelled being, a feathered being, or even one of those large and unfortunate beings who doesn’t have a shell or any feathers, friends are essential. Friends give you hugs when you need them. They don’t judge. They love to hang out and have fun. If your idea ofContinue reading “Day 38: Turtle Besties”

Day 33: Turtle & Tortoise Meet and Greet

The large shell-less being here…. Once people find out there is more than one shelled being in our little flock, I can typically predict what question is coming next. They want to know if my two shells get along. Here, the first challenge is to define “get along.” I used to struggle with this untilContinue reading “Day 33: Turtle & Tortoise Meet and Greet”

Day 2: Little Turtle, Big Turtle

You just never know when you are going to wake up and discover you are bigger. For example, let’s say all of your life you have been a little tortoise. But then one day, the sun comes up and suddenly you notice you are not so little anymore. Unfortunately, it seems you are the onlyContinue reading “Day 2: Little Turtle, Big Turtle”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Turtle Versus Tortoise Versus Terrapin

If there is anything more confusing than box turtle taxonomy (that is, classification)….well, let’s just say that here at Casa Feathers n Beak n Shells, we are pretty sure there isn’t. For example, why are some turtles called “turtles,” while other turtles are called “tortoises” or “terrapins?” The simplest explanation would be that “turtles” liveContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Turtle Versus Tortoise Versus Terrapin”

Tortoise Versus Turtle

Malti is a tortoise. The day I first brought her home was about the same moment I realized I didn’t know the difference between a “tortoise” and a “turtle.” Then people started asking me, the new turtle-tortoise owner, “Hey, so what is the difference between a ‘tortoise’ and a ‘turtle?’” Awesome. “Hmmmm. Well, ummm, uh…..” So here are some basicsContinue reading “Tortoise Versus Turtle”


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