Friday, March 09, 2007

Turtles and Tortoises

What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? Well, the distinguishing characteristics vary from language to language. In American English, those species living in freshwater are called "turtles," those living in sea water are called "sea turtles," and those living on land are called "tortoises." Turtles are one of the oldest living reptiles, emerging over 200 million years ago. Turtles are most recognizable by their outer protective shell, in which they can "fold" their neck to escape danger. Another well-known characteristic of turtles is their slow pace, which is a cause of both their heavy shell and short, stubby, bent legs. Follow these neat turtle links below:

tortoise and Hare greeting cards

Cute Turtle Gifts

Sea Turtle Cards

Framed Turtle Print

T is for Turtle Mug


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