everyone stop and look at this incredibly good turtle I met in the woods today

@jaytom in what part of the world do you see these kinds of turtles in the wild?

Over here, there are wild turtles, but they are the water kind.

@jaytom I looked up the climate of missoury and it's quite cold. I didn't think land turtles live in cold climates. I learned something today.

Here's a turtle I took a picture of a few years back while out biking.

@jaytom it could be a Wood Turtle, it is very good whatever it is 😊


Does US English ever use the word "tortoise"? (Genuine enquiry!)

@littlegravitas yeah, and I guess this is probably more specifically a tortoise, but unless you’re a reptile enthusiast most don’t make the distinction


Interesting. In UK English (no judgement being made!) the tendency is to call them tortoises unless they're the swimming kind, when turtle (or maybe terrapin). Language interest piqued by watching Travelers, where a definite tortoise was called a turtle!

@jaytom impressed no one told you not to touch it (which is what has happened every time I have posted a cool turtle)

@alex can’t imagine someone on here being a scold to a complete stranger

@jaytom the words “turtle” and “met in the woods” just don’t make any sense to me 😅 Our woods are filled with squirrels. Sometimes you might see a frog. Maybe even a moose. So the thought of just walking in a forest and meeting a TURTLE sounds like a fairytale 😂

@jaytom this reminds me so much of Oogway. The face and the shell really match 👀

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