Terrapins, Turtles & Tortoise
These are three names for a very similar reptile, their name depends really on where you live. In Ireland we would generally have Terrapins as a pet only.
Classification between the three:
A terrapin is your typical pet and can survive happily in a tank. They live mainly on land but need water to wet themselves with. Terrapins are carnivorous, they eat fish and vegetables.
A tortoise is a land creature. They are strictly vegetarian and hibernate through winter. Tortoise can be pets in a warmer climate, but in Ireland they would not survive outside.
A turtle is a sea dwelling creature – again eating fish and vegetables. They cannot live on land, only coming to shore to lay eggs before returning to sea. Turtles are not are advised to keep as a pet.