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Our Tropical Terrapins

Two terrapins, named Daphne and Heidi, live in our Tropical Forest here at the Otago Museum. They are red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), a type of terrapin often seen as a household pet. So what makes them terrapins and not turtles? Well, terrapins are only semi-aquatic, which means they spend some of their time on land as well. Turtles are entirely aquatic and tortoises are entirely ...