Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.
Great Name Ideas for a Pet Turtle or Tortoise
We're all familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, Squirtle, and sea turtles, and while these iconic characters and species offer some naming inspiration, there are a lot of names out there just waiting to be heard! Whether you have a male or female turtle, pick a name that means something special.
Tips for Choosing a Name
Here are some some leading questions to help guide you in your name selection:
- 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?
What Are the Most Popular Types of Pet Turtles?
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.
Cute Pet Turtle Names for Girls
Cool Pet Turtle Names for Boys
Funny Tortoise Names
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Name Inspiration
The brave leader; two swords. Named after Leonardo da Vinci
Michelangelo (Mikey or Mike)
Goofy, surfer-type; carries nunchakus
Donatello (Donnie or Don)
The scientists or genius; non-violent.
The toughest; carries sai.
Pokemon Turtle Name Inspiration
Fun Facts About Turtles and Tortoises
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!
Top 10 Pet Turtle Types/Species
© 2019 Layne Holmes
Kiwi on August 18, 2020:
Thank you soo much I think kiwi is a really cute name!
Casey Auer on August 05, 2020:
Turbo would be cool
Unknown on July 07, 2020:
I like the names Sheldon, Apollo, and Yertle
Pebbles on June 22, 2020:
I named my pet turtle pebbles
Potterhead95 on June 14, 2020:
I have a pet tortoise (not sure what species) named Tito.
Olivia on June 07, 2020:
They look so cute
Wolfie Angel on May 30, 2020:
I like squrtle
Joanna Jamison on May 12, 2020:
I like tortellini
brite army on April 26, 2020:
firstname.lastname@example.org on April 20, 2020:
Not really the best names but I did like some of them
Adalae on March 20, 2020:
I think splash
Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on March 08, 2020:
Hi Alexa, I agree, Tubby is adorable
Alexa on March 02, 2020:
I think tubby is a really cute name!!
Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 06, 2019:
Hannah and King, both of those names are awesome.
Hannah on August 03, 2019:
I want to name my turtle Shrek
King on July 27, 2019:
I got an pet turtle he's name is King
Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 12, 2019:
I like that name Aqua! Fun
Aqua on July 12, 2019:
Aqua is a really cute name think about it
Pigmy Sheep on July 08, 2019:
Bleep on July 08, 2019:
Random on April 13, 2019:
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