What is a tortoise anyway is it just a fancy way to say turtle well actually theres a meaningful difference between tortoises and other turtles all tortoises are in fact turtles that is they belong to the order testudines or chelonia reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shell but not all turtles are tortoises. 3 diet as we attempt to answer the question what is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle we need to explore the diet of these two types of creaturesthe tortoise is mainly herbivore although others prefer live food while the turtle is mostly omnivore eating leafy vegetation fruits and meat. A tortoise has a dome shaped shell and short and sturdy feet its legs are bent instead of being straight and directly under the body a turtle has a flat streamlined shell and limbs that are quite similar to a tortoises but the turtles feet are webbed and have long claws which provide a good grip upon floating logs and help the reptile climb onto riverbanks. Tortoises and turtles difference are many but they both are both reptiles who are descendants from the order of testudines but in the different classification of families the major difference between them is that tortoises dwell on the land while turtles actually live in the water some or nearly all of the time
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