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Do you like it when people call your tortoise a turtle?

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by dhru1999, Apr 28, 2012.

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Do you like people calling Tortoises, Turtles?

  1. Yes

    7 vote(s)
    15.6%
  2. No

    38 vote(s)
    84.4%
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  1. dhru1999

    dhru1999 New Member

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    Personally, i don't like people calling my star a turtle. I see it as calling a human, a gorilla. please vote :):D
  2. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer Staff Member

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    It doesn't matter to me. Its really a matter of geography anyway. In some countries tortoises ARE turtles. I think that in Australia land chelonians are called turtles and water chelonians are called tortoises. What's in a name?
  3. dmarcus

    dmarcus Active Member

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    It does not bother me. I feel that, if they are not into reptile's then there is no point trying to correct them.
  4. Tom

    Tom Well-Known Member

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    I don't like it and I correct them.

    ... and I HAVE called a few humans gorillas. :)
  5. Glasswalker

    Glasswalker New Member

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    It doesn't necessarily upset me, but I do correct people who call Domino a turtle since differences do exist.
  6. yoda3106

    yoda3106 New Member

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    No, I hate it!! Every time somebody says turtle, immediately I say, tortoise haha
  7. JoesMum

    JoesMum Well-Known Member

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    It's the same in UK Yvonne.

    Swimming ones are turtles and land ones are tortoises.

    The exception is terrapins which are sliders elsewhere.

    Teenage mutant ninja is probably responsible for a lot unfortunately!
  8. Cfr200

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    I do not care either way. I also do not think my tortoises are offended in the least, if they are they have not said anything to me about it.
  9. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    I don't like it, but not a big deal either. However, I will say my tortoise and they don't have a clue what I am talking about, so I say turtle and they get it. I will sometimes educate them, sometimes, I just don't want to waist my time, as they aren't into them anyway.
  10. Baoh

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    I am not bothered in the slightest by it.
  11. dmmj

    dmmj Thhe member formerly known as captain awesome Staff Member

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    I have to call hypocrisy on myself, I can't tell you how many times I have said russian turtle, even though I know it is a tortoise. It does not bother me besides to my younger cousin they are all turtles.
  12. factura5

    factura5 New Member

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    i honestly get offended when people call my tortoise a turtle. but when i dont feel like correcting them for goodness sakes i just tell them... "yeah, turtle..." but seriously, i nag my mom about calling it turtle. its not a turtle, it a "tortoise"!!!!!!!! tortoise are land and turtles are aquatic... mostly.
  13. cemmons12

    cemmons12 Active Member

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    I will normally correct them when they call Cooper a turtle. Altho I consider him my 4th kid. He just happens to have a big shell and eats a lot of salad. :p hell, he spends more time with me then my own kids do so why not. Last night we both feel asleep in my bed and he never even moved all night, he thinks the bed is his new sleeping quarters! :p sorry, off topic like I always do....
  14. drgnfly2265

    drgnfly2265 New Member

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    It can sometimes be annoying, but I know that there are some people out there that really don't care about the differences. My friends know that if they are talking about Bowser and say turtle that I will correct them, lol. But anytime that I'm out with Bowser and other people call her a turtle I will correct them. I just want to give them correct information :)
  15. ascott

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    I quietly get annoyed but don't hold it against the non reptile folks...but I find that when they refer to the turtles I go on with the conversation but willing reference them correctly....although I do have both...

    My young two year old cousin refers to the tortoise as tortoise and the RESs as the turtles that eat baby fingers...lol...so all works itself out with those important in my day to day...:D
  16. cemmons12

    cemmons12 Active Member

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    Good way to put it," just want to give them correct information"!
  17. Madkins007

    Madkins007 Active Member Staff Member

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    I take a slightly different view of the whole thing. I think they are mostly right to call our pets turtles.

    In common use, all shelled reptiles are turtles. That is even the dictionary definition-
    "1. Any of various aquatic or terrestrial reptiles of the order Testudines (or Chelonia), having horny toothless jaws and a bony or leathery shell into which the head, limbs, and tail can be withdrawn in most species.
    2. Chiefly British: A sea turtle."


    Tortoises are a sub-set of the turtles, with definitions that vary by region or whether you are using the taxonomic/scientific usage. So all tortoises are turtles automatically, but a turtle is not always a tortoise.

    Of course, to confuse matters, the term 'turtle' is also the name of a sub-set as well, with an even slipperier definition that varies by country. And to really get things confusing, there is the term 'terrapin' as well.

    There are other groupings that have the same problem, and often trigger emotional reaction when they are being perceived as being used incorrectly. Crocodile and poison have the same problem since they are used for the large group and for a sub-group inside.
  18. marinaresident

    marinaresident New Member

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    I too don't like it. I tell them, it's a tortoise, not a turtle! :tort:
  19. expo tort

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    What makes my blood boil is that even after I correct they call my tortoise a turtle. It's ridiculous I repeat it till I'm blue in the face.
  20. Kerryann

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    My mom still says turtle and now I have family members now saying "so your mom says you have turtles now too?" I always just think to myself if that's the worst thing... then really I should just not be so witchy about the whole thing. It does irritate me too. I am going to call everyone's cats pumas and everyone's dogs dingos. :p
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