Pet Talk: Turtles And Tortoises As Pets

By the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

COLLEGE STATION, May 14, 2018 – If you’re looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you.

What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? Most turtles have webbed feet or flippers and primarily live in water, while tortoises primarily live on land and do not have webbed feet. In fact, if you took a tortoise to a body of water, it likely would not know how to swim.

Whether you are interested in a turtle or a tortoise, Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said doing your research before getting one as a pet is extremely important.


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