Which lives mostly on land- the turtle or tortoise?
The tortoise - it's almost exclusively a land-dweller.
No it is a reptile you can tell this because it lives on land not in the sea but a turtle lives in the sea they are not the same animal although they are very closely related and have almost the same name. So in a nut shell no because a tortoise goes on land and a turtle goes in the sea! from AstonDB9
Necessarily, there are many different kinds of scientific names for turtle. It depends on the type it is. If it is a turtle that dwells mainly on land, such as the Eastern Box Turtle, (which, by the way is a terrapene carolina carolina) it can be called a tortoise or terrapin. The easiest way to remember that is the latin word for land is terra, so you can think instantly that this "terrapin dwells on…
A land turtle is a tortoise. A turtle is a sea turtle. A fresh water turtle is a terrapin. Tortoises, unlike turtles and terrapins, have flat feet that barely look like individual feet, but instead look more like they are fully part of the leg, much like an elephant's. Tortoises have a very sloped shell, where as the other turtles have much more flattened shells.