A tortoise is one of many types of turtle. Tortoises are characterized by a high domed shell and columnar legs.
Good question, Elianahunter.
There are a couple main physical differences between turtles and tortoises. The first thing you may notice is that tortoises shells are more dome shaped, as opposed to a turtle’s shell that is more flat. Tortoises generally have a heavier shell than turtles do. Also, tortoise’s legs and nails are shorter , since they have to walk around. This contrasts the turtle’s webbed feet with long claws.
Tortoise Common pet turtle, the Red-Eared Slider
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To clarify the other answers, tortoise is the name applied to land turtles only (as opposed to sea turtles). The adaptation to living on land is the reason for the physical differences between tortoises and other turtles.
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