Gopher Tortoise
What is the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin?


The terms turtle, tortoise, and terrapin are common names, not scientific terms. Like many common names, they vary from place to place, and from species to species. In most places, turtles are considered to be aquatic, and in some places the term only applies to sea turtles, but the Eastern Box Turtle that lives in our back yard is a land animal. So is the Gopher Tortoise shown in this photo.