40 Pet Turtle Names

Updated on February 5, 2016
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If the Ninja Turtles are cool enough to have awesome names, then any pet turtle should have an awesome name! After all, you have a pet turtle because you know they’re as cool as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right? Right.

Types of Turtles

Turtle or Tortoise? Tomato, tomotto? I think not! Most turtles are omnivores, live in water and have webbed feet to easily navigate their habitats while tortoises are herbivore land-dwellers that have rounded feet. Here, we will focus on the most common pet turtles.

  • Red Ear Slider Turtles: These are those turtles that are most common at a pet store, and they can grow up to 11 inches long! Their name obviously comes from the bright red in the ear area.

  • African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle: Another common pet turtle that can grow up to 8 inches in length. They are names after an interesting feature that is unique to them, their cute, little neck folds.

  • Painted Turtle: This is a rather colorful breed of turtle, hence the name “painted” turtle. Their colors are quite vibrant and they can grow up to 7 inches in length!

  • Ornate Wood Turtle: Although these turtles enjoy swimming, Unlike the other turtles who need more water than land, these need more land than water so that they can bask. They can grow up to 9 inches. If you’ve ever seen these turtles before, you’re aware of the beautiful, vibrant patterns on the shells!

  • Caspian Pond Turtle: This turtle can also grow up to 9 inches and require a decent amount of space for basking. They are a gorgeous mix of browns, red and yellows, and are also a pretty common turtle to have amongst turtle fans.

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Choosing a Terrific Name

Now that you are somewhat familiar with the different, common turtle breeds, it’s time to go over a few tips to come up with turtle names!

  • What kind of turtle do you have? Think about the features unique to your turtle.

  • If you have many turtles, give them names that will help you to tell which one is which.

  • What colors and patterns are on your turtle’s shell or skin? This can help you come up with a few if you pay close attention!

  • Does your turtle seem to enjoy the water or land more? Think wet or dry.

  • Think about famous turtle names: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Finding Nemo, A Turtle Tale, and so on.

  • Think about general turtle features: They live in a shell, move slowly on land but pretty fast in water, have webbed feet, and much more.

  • Consider common human names; they are members of the family, right?

Now when it comes to picking turtle names, anything really goes, but if you follow the tips above, it will probably make it a bit easier to come up with some suitable ones for your specific pet. Here’s a list of names to get you thinkin’:

Boy Turtle Names

 
 
Slider
Sluggy
Slick
Monster
Slimer
Mr. Turtle
Flip
Ninja
Sheldon
Bud

Girl Turtle Names

 
 
Shelby
Molasses
Myrtle
Lily
Yertle
Luna
Starla
Bertie
Shelly
Annabelle

Famous Turtle Names

 
 
Raphael
Squirt
Michelangelo
Squirtle
Donatello
Wartortle
Leonardo
Blastoise
Sammy
Crush

Funny Turtle Names

 
 
Pokey
Gunner
Gator
Tucker
Quickie
Shyman
Squeeze
Harry
Snapper
Speedy
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Enjoy Your Pet Turtle

Whether you already have your turtle or you are about to go to the pet store, every turtle should have a name just like you would name any other pet that you bring into your 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 temperature, you keep their tank or habitat nice and clean, you feed it the diet that it needs, and give them plenty of attention like you would any dog! Every pet needs a bit of TLC, just some need it in different ways than others.

Once you do have your turtle and a name picked out, keep a close on on it and be wary if you notice sabers or nunchucks! Turtle power!

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      harry 12 hours ago

      my turtle is called coco and cosmo

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      max 8 days ago

      I currently have 8 tortoises and there names are ( bulldozer, Gucci, peaches,shell shocker, tulip, negrito , ebony, ivory .

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      Francisco Hernandez 2 weeks ago

      My to pets turtles names are Logan and lily

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      Emma 3 weeks ago

      Pickle is a really good names for female turtle.

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      Ace 3 weeks ago

      Chipper

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      michael 3 weeks ago

      Marshall is my pet penny turtle, he is called that because, Ma-shell.

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      bri 4 weeks ago

      mickey & skyler

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      Zara 4 weeks ago

      My to turtles called leafy and planty leafy is a girl and planty is a boy and they are so cute

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      Harley 5 weeks ago

      Harley

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      Sarah 7 weeks ago

      Barry and Allen!

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      Oliver 8 weeks ago

      my two pet turtles names are SHELBY and SLIDER. Shelby is a girl and Slider is a boy

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      Foxx 2 months ago

      My turtles name is tafiti

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      Adeel 2 months ago

      Helpful and easy to find a great name for my pet turtle

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      Luna 2 months ago

      This website is very help ful now my turtles name is Luna

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      anonymous. 2 months ago

      jimmy shimmy

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      Someone . 2 months ago

      Pete

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      brianna mendez 2 months ago

      my turles name is angelo

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      Chloe 2 months ago

      Turtles name is squirt and nickname is snapper

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      Madyson 3 months ago

      Dewy the turtle

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      Toni and holly 3 months ago

      Cosmo

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      Jaimee 3 months ago

      Good and very funny I love it

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      Heather 3 months ago

      cool, very helpful:):):)

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      DayDay 4 months ago

      Wurdle the turtle

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      Berdie 4 months ago

      Arizona is also a nice name

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      arielle 4 months ago

      i like the name potolemy

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      Maggie 4 months ago

      What about the name sumo? Or slowpoke?

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      Peyton 6 months ago

      Tummbe

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      April 6 months ago

      How about ironic names, like "Barry Allen" or "Sloth"?

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      Rose 7 months ago

      Because rose is a pretty name and. My turtle is a rose

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      skyfoster 7 months ago

      speedy is my new turtles name lol

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      Future Turtle Owner 8 months ago

      Hey, I have my list of names which include:

      -Yertle

      -Poseidon

      -Pebbles

      Thanks! I'm hoping to add more on different sites...

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      Kimberly 8 months ago

      I don't know what to name my 2 month old baby turtle

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      Turtle 8 months ago

      What if you don't know if your turtle is a girl or a boy?

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      Jordan 8 months ago

      These names are cute

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      TurtleFacts101 8 months ago

      Junior

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      Ell 8 months ago

      The names are good

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      Taylor 8 months ago

      I have a pet turtle and I named it Lily

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      Hi 8 months ago

      I named her Toppy

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      BJRP 9 months ago

      What about the name gladiator

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      Abigail wilson 10 months ago

      These r bad names they need good ones bad

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      TurtleLover 10 months ago

      My turtles name is Lucy but we don't know what breed of turtle Lucy is or gender

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      Yo 11 months ago

      Pebbles

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      TURTLE LOVER21 13 months ago

      what about scooter or napoleon

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      Anna 18 months ago

      How about the name "slo-moe?" You could shorten it to moe

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      poo 20 months ago

      lol so bad names

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      mr.wigggles 21 months ago

      or ms/mrs.wiggles

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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Cool turtle hubs! Like you I like to educate people about turtles too!

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