|I live in a tank.|
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what we look like, where we live and where you live.
Before we get on with this, let's be clear that scientists like veterinarians and such have their own words for us. They call us all chelonians.
But ordinary people use ordinary words. The trouble is that sometimes you don't all mean the same thing even when you use the same words.
What we look like
all have shells. But some of our shells are covered with scutes while
others are have a leathery covering. Some shells are domed, some are
like saddles and some are almost flat.
We all have four legs. But some of us have thick stumpy legs with stumpy feet. Some have webs between our toes. Some have flippers that are hardly legs at all.
Of course we have other differences, too, or else our friends wouldn't be able to tell us apart. But these two differences (shells and feet) help to tell if someone is a tortoise, turtle or terrapin because what we look like helps you to know what our natural habitat is.
Where we live
The terms 'turtle,' 'tortoise,' and 'terrapin' are often used
interchangeably, and depending on which country you are in, may describe
a completely different type of 'turtle.' But before you get too
concerned about the common names, let us take a step back and identify
them as belonging to one common order, the Chelonia. If it has a shell
and is a reptile, then it is going to fall into the order Chelonia,
which includes 244 different species
We have three main habitats ...
- We can live on land
- We can live in the sea
we can live sort of in between, spending time both on the land and in
the water. Lots of us in this group live in brackish water. That's water
that is sort of salty, the water you find at a river mouth where it
joins the ocean.
Thanks to www.totallytortoise.com for the information above.
For most Americans, the term 'turtle' describes the Chelonians that are aquatic or semi-aquatic. The term 'tortoise' describes a Chelonian that lives primarily on land. 'Terrapin' can describe some freshwater or saltwater turtles, but is not often used.
There you have it.
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Turtles need help, too. If you find a turtle or tortoise after the horrible East Coast storm, first soak in tepid fresh water for 30 minutes (changing the water a few times) as it may have ingested salt water from the ocean. That can kill it. Dry it off, and put it in a box with air holes in a quiet place with a lid. It probably will not want to eat because of the stress, and that is OK. It also may try to bite so keep fingers away from the mouth parts. Keep away from dogs and children. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo attached, and we will try to ID it and help you. Do not throw it back in the water. Thanks from American Tortoise Rescue. For more information, visit: American Tortoise Rescue
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“Golden Greek” Tortoise are recognized as Middle Eastern spur-thighed tortoises and do not originate in Greece. Their actual origin is usually Syria, Lebanon, Israel or Jordan or North African countries of Tunisia, Libya or Morocco.
Greek Tortoises are found in a variety of environments from seashore dunes to rocky mountain steps but usually in very hot, dry and arid regions with high summer temperatures. They inhabit areas of sparse vegetation where they browse on grass and plant growth.
Generally very shy, the Golden Greek Tortoises usually become more outgoing as they get used to their keeper's activities, but they will continue to look for places to hide or bury themselves. They should be housed in a dry, warm environment with low ambient humidity.
This tortoise is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.