While we use the word to describe those shelled reptiles that live by the water it actually refers to any shelled reptile there is. In this section of the planet we generally refer to the property turtles as tortoises.
So though we separate the species in our heads by assigning distinct words, they are all one. All these are little men that are born with a shell. It’s a bony leathery shell that grows with them and is pretty much carried with them for life.
Turtles are resilient creatures and perhaps among the greatest examples of evolved life on Earth. This is because they have survived longer than most any other species that has come together. They also lived another life altering tragedy a few million years later.
These guys back then were so well developed, that is to say they were such a perfect specimen of what they should be, the earliest fossils we know of aren’t much different than those that roam around today. That means that in the past millions of years turtles have not changed, and have not had to change, all that much so as to survive. Compare that with humans who have evolved dramatically from where we were only a million years back.
These days turtles can be found everywhere. Populated or remote areas, in personal aquariums or you can find some really large and old turtles in any number of zoos.