Turtles and Tortoises. What’s the difference you may ask. Turtle are more water creatures then land. Yes you will see them on floating branches or rocks sticking out of the water sunning themselves, but most of the time they can be found swimming around the lakes and rivers all over the world. Tortoises on the other hand are strictly land creatures. In fact they can’t even swim and with the weight of their shells they would sink to the bottom if they ever tried.