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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on Understanding Chelonians – What is the Difference Between Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles?

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Tayla your story is well explained with beautiful foto’s to show the difference between the tortoises, terrapin and turtle. I love the tortoises and always try and look out for them while driving in the game parks.

Thanks for the interesting blog on tortoises a.s.o, Tayla

Tayla, thank you for continuing my education on the wildlife at Londolozi and the world.

A really interesting blog Twyla and some nice pics. Thanks for sharing with us.

Good job Tayla! A simple but very helpful explanation which will help us on our next trip to Londolozi, Galapagos or the ocean!

Thank you for the explanation. I would really appreciate it if you or someone there at Londolozi could explain the differences between cranes, herons, and storks in the near future.

Hi Stephen, we are in the process of putting together a blog on Herons, Storks and Cranes. It will probably be published sometime in May.

Thanks Tayla for your concise and informative blog explaining the differences between these unique animals. You’ve made it easy to understand the difference between a tortoise and a turtle, pointing out that one is a sea water dweller and the other land.
I hadn’t realized terrapins were omnivores and that they can’t retract their head into their shell. You all do a great job of educating your readers!

I always learn something from the daily posts! I am not very sure I have ever seen a terrapin at Londolozi! I look forward to finding one! Victorua

Great blog. I am so lucky as to see both sea turtle and terrestrial tortoise, they are very important creatures especially in the sea. Their lack cause a jellyfish overgrowth and sea life desertification. Thank you

Very interesting Tayla! Thank you for the descriptions and the wonderful photos.

HI Tatla,
But what of the Eastern Box Tutle in the USA? It has the carapace of the tortoise, but it is also carnivorous. It prefers drier conditions, but will go hunting in moist leaf foliage for newts, worms and other bugs. And, it does not mind going across stream to get ot the other side. Is it a tortoise or a turtle?

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