Learn about different types of turtles
Turtles are a type of reptile. There are many, many different types of turtles. In the simplest terms, turtles can be broken up into 3 main sections: Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins.
In the US, these are all commonly referred to as “turtles”. The most common turtles which are kept as pets are Russian Tortoises, Spur-thighed tortoises and Red-eared Sliders. All of these turtles have typical turtle dietary requirements. Read our page on what do turtles eat for more information.
What are turtles
In Britain, turtles is a term reserved for sea-dwelling species. These are the sea turtles which can grow to weight up to 2,000lb!
What are tortoises
The term tortoises typically describes land-dwelling turtle species. These are the species of turtles with legs which can walk on land (slowly).
What are terrapins
Terrapins are a type of turtle which live in brackish waters. Brackish is a term to describe waters which are salt water and fresh water mixed together.
So that’s basically all the main types of turtles. There are hundreds of turtle sub-species which all have similar characteristics. What do turtles eat? Different types of turtles vary a bit in their regular diet but not a whole lot. Protein is a very important part of any turtles diet – especially when they are very young. Being a young turtle is quite dangerous since they are near the bottom of the food chain. This is why mother turtles lay so many eggs – to ensure that at least some of the babies that hatch will survive the many dangers they face.