What are the differences between Sea tortoise & land tortoise?
Tortoises live on land. They usually have high, domed shells (though there are exceptions, like the pancake tortoise). They have thick, pillar-like legs to support their weight, and feet with stumpy claws. Here is an image of a leopard tortoise:
Turtles live in the ocean. They have low, flattened shells to make their shape more hydrodynamic. They have flippers instead of legs, the front pair of which are the largest and are used to propel them through the water. These cannot support their weight on land - when females come ashore to lay their eggs, they must drag themselves along with their front flippers (males normally do not come ashore). Here is an image of an olive ridley turtle:
There are also terrapins, which are semi-aquat ...more