100+ Awesome and Fun Pet Turtle and Tortoise Names

Updated on March 12, 2019
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Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters.

Popular Pet Turtle Names
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What Is a Good Name for a Pet Turtle or Tortoise?

We're all familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, Squirtle, and wildlife like the green turtle, and while these iconic characters and species offer some naming inspiration, there's much left to be desired! Whether you have a male or female turtle, pick a name that means something special.

Popular Turtle Pets

Most common of all is the Red-Eared Slider, an aquatic turtle. It is very common throughout the U.S. and nonnative in some areas. They have the characteristic red stripe along the head. Other popular species include the African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle, Ornate Box Turtle, Wood Turtle, Painted Turtle, and the Russian Tortoise. Here are some tips for picking a name:

  • What species of turtle do you have?
  • What does your turtle look like? Colors, patterns, behaviors?
  • What is your turtle's personality? Shy? Bold? Fast? Slow?

Turtle or Tortoise?

"Turtle" refers to marine turtles or sea turtles (aquatic species). Tortoises are land species. Although sea turtles may be both terrestrial and aquatic, tortoises keep to the land.

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Fun Facts About Turtles

One of my turtles, a Red-Eared Slider, is named Squirtle—he was only 1-inch in diameter when we got him, and now he's nearly 10 inches long and 20 years old! Turtles have an amazing lifespan. The green turtle, also know as the honu in Hawaiian, has been known to live upwards of 70-100 years!

Turtles have an incredible feature called the carapace—their shell. It works to protect their vital organs and is made up of chitin. They are known ectotherms (being reptiles) which means that their temperature is regulated by their environment. As for any pet, it's important that you meet your species' husbandry needs—reptiles especially require UV light daily!

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Cute Pet Turtle Names for Girls

Roxy
Lola
Kimmy
Blink
Pebble
Peony
Arrow
Aurora
Doodle
Flower
Roberta
Sammy
June
Cleo
Zoe
Dhalia
Dori
Birdie
Chica
Bam Bam
Bonnie
Rosie
Willow
Roo
Rio
Tierra
Coco

Cool Pet Turtle Names for Boys

Maximus
Scooter
Swimmy
Rooster
Chip
Beau
Ace
Echo
Racer
Tank
Apollo
Trix
Raptor
Rowdy
Randal
Jax
Joker
Captain
Rebel
Scout
Dude
Cody
Oliver
Clay
Ender
Danny
Texas
Dallas
Rider
Zeke
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
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Funny Turtle Names

Beast
Bruiser
Speedster
Champ
Speedy
Trasher
Dino
Thor
King
Wilma
Birdie
Princess
Ripley
Ninja
Warrior
Slider
Box
Crusher
Jaws
Wizard
Draco
Magic
Zippy
Shifter
Kiwi
Dragon
Saber
Orion
Falcon
Medusa
Skippy
Rabbit
Bon Bon
Kahlua
Cuddle
Missy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Name Inspiration

Name
Traits
Mask Color
Leonardo
The brave leader; two swords. Named after Leonardo da Vinci
Blue Mask
Michelangelo (Mikey or Mike)
Goofy, surfer-type; carries nunchakus
Orange Mask
Donatello (Donnie or Don)
The scientists or genius; non-violent.
Purple Mask
Raphael (Raph)
The toughest; carries sai.
Red Mask

Video: Pokemon Squirtle Moves

Pokemon Turtle Name Inspiration

Name
Type
Squirtle
Water
Wartortle
Water
Raichu
Electric
Abra
Psychic
Golem
Rock, Ground

Video: Top 10 Pet Turtle Types/Species

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