So I’ve been watching the new TMNT carton and something has been bothering me.
Everyone refers to Spike, Raphael’s pet tortoise as a turtle.
I let it go, thinking that it was just one of those things, until I started doing some research on Turtles, curious what type of turtles our ninjas are.
Only to find out that Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey are Terrapins! Red Eared Sliders in fact.
Then I discovered in American English, ‘Turtles’ refer to turtles, terrapins and tortoises
In British English, Turtles are seawater turtles, terrapins are freshwater turtles and tortoises are land turtles.
So everything makes sense again! Yay! The turtles are American, they are going to use American terms. I’m happy!