40 Awesome Pet Turtle Names
If the Ninja Turtles are cool enough to have names based on artists from the Italian Rennaissance, then your pet turtle should have an awesome name too! After all, you have a pet turtle because you know they’re as cool as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right? Right. Even if you're not a TMNT fan, this article includes some great name ideas for your new pet based on famous turtles, funny turtle behaviors, and what makes turtles cute.
In This Article
- Common Types of Pet Turtles
- How to Choose a Terrific Name
- Male Names for Boy Turtles
- Female Names for Girl Turtles
- Names Based on Famous Turtles
- Funny Turtle Names
Common Types of Pet Turtles
Is a turtle or tortoise? Tomato, tomatto, right? I think not! Most turtles are omnivores, live in water, and have webbed feet to easily navigate their habitats. Tortoises, on the other hand, are herbivorous land-dwellers that have rounded feet. Here, we will focus on the most common types of pet turtles.
- Red-Eared Slider: This is the most common type of turtle to keep as a pet. They are often seen for sale at pet stores, and they can grow up to 11 inches long. Their name comes from the bright red patches on the sides of their heads. This species is so popular that it has become invasive in many habitats. For this reason, sale and possession of red-eared sliders is now illegal in certain areas
- African Aquatic Sideneck: This is another common pet turtle that can grow up to eight inches in length. Its name comes from an interesting feature that is unique to its species: adorable little neck folds!
- Painted Turtle: This is a rather colorful type of turtle, hence the name “painted.” Their colors are quite vibrant, and they can grow up to seven inches in length.
- Ornate Wood Turtle: Although these turtles enjoy swimming, they need more land than water so that they can bask to warm up. They can grow up to nine inches. If you’ve ever seen these turtles before, you’re probably aware of the beautiful, vibrant patterns on their shells.
- Caspian Pond Turtle: This type of turtle can also grow up to nine inches, so they require a decent amount of space for basking. Their coloration is a gorgeous mix of browns, reds, and yellows, and they are also commonly kept as pets.
How to Choose a Terrific Name
Now that you are somewhat familiar with the common types of pet turtles, it’s time to go over a few tips for coming up with an excellent name for yours!
What kind of turtle do you have? Think about the features that are unique to your pet.
If you have many turtles, consider giving them names that will help you tell which one is which.
What colors and patterns are visible on your turtle’s shell and skin? Does it have any unique physical features?
Does your turtle seem to enjoy the water or land more? Use this to guide your naming process.
- Think about famous turtle names. Consider using a name from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Finding Nemo, A Turtle Tale, or some other film, TV show, book, or story.
Think about general turtle features: They live in a shell, move slowly on land, move faster in water, have webbed feet, and much more.
Consider common human names—after all, they are members of the family, right?
When it comes to picking turtle names, anything goes, but if you follow the tips above, it will probably make it a bit easier to come up with something that feels suitable for your pet. Below is a list of names to get you thinking—you can choose a name from this list, combine several of them, or simply use them for inspiration and create your own.
Male Names for Boy Turtles
Female Names for Girl Turtles
Names Based on Famous Turtles
Funny Turtle Names
Enjoy Your Pet Turtle!
Whether you already have your turtle or you are about to go to the pet store to pick one up, it should have a name just like any other person or pet in the house. Turtles are a lot of fun to watch as they move about their little habitats, and over time, you can really build up a loving relationship with them.
Although they may seem like a low-maintenance kind of pet, they actually require quite a bit of work. You need to make sure that the home you provide them is the right size and temperature. Additionally, you must keep their tank or habitat nice and clean and make sure they have plenty of food and water. Do your research and give your new pet plenty of attention! Animals that live with humans always need some TLC, and some need it in different ways than others.
Once you do have your turtle and a name picked out, keep a close eye on your new companion—if you see it playing with sabers or nunchucks, it just might grow up to be a sewer-dwelling superhero. Turtle power!
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