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40 Awesome Pet Turtle Names

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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.
These red-eared sliders look absolutely adorable all lined up on a log together!

These red-eared sliders look absolutely adorable all lined up on a log together!

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

Slider

Sluggy

Slick

Monster

Slimer

Mr. Turtle

Flip

Ninja

Sheldon

Bud

Female Names for Girl Turtles

Shelby

Molasses

Myrtle

Lily

Yertle

Luna

Starla

Bertie

Shelly

Annabelle

Names Based on Famous Turtles

Raphael

Squirt

Michelangelo

Squirtle

Donatello

Wartortle

Leonardo

Blastoise

Sammy

Crush

Funny Turtle Names

Pokey

Gunner

Gator

Tucker

Quickie

Shyman

Squeeze

Harry

Snapper

Speedy

Each turtle is unique—does your pet's name reflect its personality?

Each turtle is unique—does your pet's name reflect its personality?

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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Comments

Patti, Pet-Lover on August 11, 2020:

I’ve been thinking about getting a Razorback Musk Turtle OR a Box Turtle & the Name: “TURBO” has Stuck in my mind for the past few years (as I’ve SERIOUSLY Contemplated, whether or not to Adopt a Baby Turtle OR Tortoise?!?!)

Any suggestions, we live in a 2Bd/2Ba Apartment....so I’m trying to decide, whether OR not we have the room for a (4’x5’ Pen)?

I’m leaning towards the 20 Gallon Tank w/Stand for the R.Musk Turtle/a Box Turtle (“ONLY” downside, is having to change out the water on a “Regular BASIS”)?

HELP

...... on August 05, 2020:

I like these choices but I want more names

ally gaffney on July 03, 2020:

i love this because it helps me with the pets names to choice

Kelsang tumo on June 29, 2020:

Id like info about tortoises, please ? Im setting all my flat for my sweet Kya . She is a tiny gorgeous little tortoise. Shes still in the reptile shop, I'll take her home when all is ready here .

Thank you

Tumo

Not going to tell on June 05, 2020:

I am having a baby snapping turtle for a short time more names please.

Aagriya on June 02, 2020:

Can ya help me identify my turtle I don’t know what specie he/she belongs to? He has 5 finger claw of front and he’s green Dark shade in color, he got yellow dots on hand and stripes on neck of yellow color he has short thick tail! And I don’t even k ow he’s a male or female??

Umamah on May 31, 2020:

Good names

Can't tell on May 25, 2020:

i JUST found one today and my Mom said we can keep it but was having second thoughts me: OMG OMG OMG

Peyton on May 23, 2020:

thank you

Not telling on May 18, 2020:

Well I Found one with my sis And we are Taking Care of it Its Nice Names

I can’t say on May 13, 2020:

Love the names

dude on May 13, 2020:

I have a female turtle named tonks from harry potter, and if i get a boy i would name him lupin.(again from harry potter :3)

Sorry I not allowed to tell my name on May 12, 2020:

Please more names i not saying thoes names a bad but new ones please but they awsome thanks

Stormy on May 02, 2020:

Umm you need some more names

penny Thomas on April 30, 2020:

I'm happy to see what I'm nameing my turtle

dessa on April 28, 2020:

do you guys have any better names

Cheyann on April 26, 2020:

I need to find out better good names for my baby turtle it's hard to find out names

Cheyann on April 26, 2020:

I love baby turtles I love all kind of animals

meme on April 20, 2020:

love my turtle

Kk on April 18, 2020:

I had a pet sappen turtle and named it snaper

Bri on April 17, 2020:

I had a baby alligator snapping turtle, she was super sweet and never tried to hurt anyone. I named her Emisson, a mix between Allison, and Emily.

lulu on April 17, 2020:

I like the name m&m.

Mitchelle Peter from Dubai, U.A.E on April 15, 2020:

love the names from the teenage mutant ninja turtles. I have a tortoise i named leonardo :) call him lenny for short

kaydence on April 12, 2020:

zym, shelldon, truffle, nugget, and tiny are all good names for a male and unisex names

Z'riyah on April 11, 2020:

The name i went with is Spikes its not from this page of names the names up here were really good but Spikes used to be the name of a turtle off of Teenage Mutan Ninja Tutles

Mia on April 10, 2020:

I think that isn’t enough names but there are some really cool names I have two turtles, a boy and a girl and they need a name

bob on April 10, 2020:

turtle

Sofia on April 10, 2020:

I have a turtle and I can’t find any name

Turtles on April 08, 2020:

Getting a turtle when carona is over!!!!!

pet lover on April 07, 2020:

what about Tammy

Plastic on April 03, 2020:

Plastic is a cool name ;I

Kilter on April 02, 2020:

Need better names

Llamacorn on March 27, 2020:

I’m saving up to get a turtle and these names help a lot, thank you so much

Bud on March 27, 2020:

Coll

Baby Turtles are cute on March 26, 2020:

I name my turtles darky and Amber at 2019 , I changed my one of my turtle name is Annabelle . This helps a lot!!!

udesky on March 20, 2020:

i name them chicken and turkey

I'm in the ghetto on March 16, 2020:

My turtle has big circle cheeks what does that mean is that good irme bad

hBIFDSgL on March 09, 2020:

needs more boy and girl names

Roch on February 24, 2020:

I went with something simple: Swimmy instead. Its a little too childish but it works lol!

Rejena butthead on February 23, 2020:

More more more more more I demand it nowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olivia Smith on January 25, 2020:

Can you please give us more female turtle names

Holly on December 18, 2019:

slider or shelly

Turtle lover on December 16, 2019:

I’m getting a turtle what should I name it I have so many choices

My turtle names on November 23, 2019:

I had 2 turtles and I named them annabela and speedy

Madison on November 18, 2019:

I have a new turtle and it a boy I need your help dribble or red?

Sydd on October 28, 2019:

i named my two box turtles lizzo on lemon

Turtle names (Just ask!) on October 19, 2019:

turtle queen I have some names. Male turtle : Zodiac, Oscar, Whimsy, Scales, Coral / Female turtle : Sheldon, Sloan, Rosia, Bubbles, Blue sea (I hope these helped all of you people looking for turtle names!)

turtle queen on October 15, 2019:

i am getting a turtle but i dont know what to mane it

Lauren cigars on October 07, 2019:

These names r retarded

kaylee on August 09, 2019:

i have a female red eared slider and i have no clue what i should name her. please give me ideas. please and thank you

Fiona on August 01, 2019:

We just got a turtle, and named it Bubbles! The kids love the power puffs... so it just stuck

? on July 22, 2019:

Maybe shelly?

Sharkie on July 20, 2019:

I don't know were I got it from but I like it

Mr turtle on July 20, 2019:

I named my turtle gunner

Marie on July 11, 2019:

My turtles name is Koopa, we thought it was clever then found out it was a girl (we found her as a baby near death). Needless to say she's stuck with the name, oops. Koopa Pasqual to be exact.

Rudraksh Thaokar on July 05, 2019:

I named a very

Turtle Lover on June 29, 2019:

I just got a turtle and named her Stella as her first name and Luna for her middle/last name. Stella meaning STAR and Luna meaning MOON. Some other names are Emerald, Pearl, or Winter.

Turtle owner on June 28, 2019:

I named my turtle luna and found her name on this site, getting another turtle soon naming her star and other possible names are the names of the Greek gods and goddesses, Athena, Poseidon, Zeus, Hera, ect.

Paisley on June 16, 2019:

My turtle name is myrtle and I like it and bye the way she is pink!

D Womack on June 02, 2019:

My turtle has a flat area on his rear shell from being squished at a very young age. His name is pancake. He is nut-so for dandelions, almost agressive. Very quiet .

Anomous on May 30, 2019:

I named my turtle Myshell get it

you will never know my name on May 29, 2019:

I like the name gator for when i GET MY TURTLE

jake on May 28, 2019:

my turtle is small , cute and i don`t know what to call him?

Anonymous on May 24, 2019:

I'm thinking of Dude or Relax. My turtle is funny and crazy.

Anonymous on May 24, 2019:

They are cool names, but not ones I like.

Jim on May 21, 2019:

I’m very happy that Sarah is doing amazing with pooing in her tanko he I’d vry sooperli cut

Chloe on May 15, 2019:

This was helpful but I didn't find a good name I got a redroot turtle and I couldn't find a suitable name

Chloe on May 05, 2019:

I named my Turtle Speedy he is fast and famous and he is 0 years and he is tiny but i still love him so much

Best turtle lover on April 19, 2019:

My turtle is a girl but I don't know what to name her

coco on March 29, 2019:

[gee-air-mo] is what I am going to name turtle

Khushi on March 29, 2019:

I like turtel .They are very cute

Carla sumner on March 15, 2019:

Touche` Turtle... Always catch my self saying "Touche` Away" lol from the old cartoon. Also a few ideas are, 'Row, Sailer, Captain,Splash, Dash, Fisher, Sharky, FlipFlops,flipper,Jaws, Coral,waddles,Flash,Sandy, Waves,Sufer, Mr T, Sushi,Fang, Viper,

Scooby Doo, SpongeBob, Dory, pirate loch-ness, ect

Me on February 25, 2019:

Girl: Shelley

Boy: Blochy

Any gender: Herby

Animal Lover on February 22, 2019:

I don't know... If my turtle's a girl, she'll be Shelby, Taffy, or Pepsi. If my turtle's a boy, he'll be Gladiator, Poseidon, or Turbo. Here's a list of boy turtle names: Scooter, Napoleon, Gladiator, Poseidon, Barry Allen, The Flash, Cosmo, Darwin, Turbo, Harry Potter, T-rex, Squirtle, and Rafael. Girl names are Shelby (don't take that one, that's MINE), Taffy, Lilly, Coco, Charm, Pepsi, Hermione Granger, Ray-ray, Candy, Molasses, Annabelle, Merttle, and Starla. By the way, most of these are from this site... They're my favorites.

Human on February 03, 2019:

I just got a male and female baby turtle and sadly the male died...so i named my new male turtle Squirtle after my favourite pokemon and my bro called the female Candy

Saima on January 04, 2019:

My turtle is female and male also

Aiden on January 02, 2019:

Shelly is what I will name my turtle.Its a Female.

BOWDOWN on December 15, 2018:

Quickie and down i think they were trying to say something

Mr Shelington on November 18, 2018:

Hahaha great turtle name

Sarah on November 13, 2018:

T-Rex

Marco maturo on November 10, 2018:

Name it bubble bee

Bob Jeff on November 01, 2018:

I think Carson is a great name for a turtle-boy or girl!

TURTLE LOVER 1231 on October 21, 2018:

this is helpful!

sydney on September 22, 2018:

what shoult i name my turtle

l on September 18, 2018:

It is cool

Nana Hayford Asamoah Awuah on September 06, 2018:

I named my tortoise Ray-ray. I dont know if its a boy or a girl .

Adiba on August 13, 2018:

We can see if it is girl or boy with their tail girls tail is small and thick and boys tail is thin large and pointed

Aiden on August 07, 2018:

How do you know if it is a boy or a girl.Im naming my pet turtle flip because flip can flip any time he’s on his back!

Derpydino on August 04, 2018:

I'm doing this for mine craft help need more!!

Emily on August 02, 2018:

I really liked Sammy for my new turtle

Luca on July 27, 2018:

If its a girl luna if its a boy ................?

A Pearson on July 12, 2018:

I used this to name my Minecraft turtle

Random on July 12, 2018:

I called mine Tuttle but he just died today

Kayla on July 07, 2018:

This was helpful to me and my baby snapping turtle

Analise on July 01, 2018:

I think you should name your turtle Skylar

Aimahni on June 28, 2018:

I think luna was m my favorite for these picks but I'm picking Alex

Gianna on June 26, 2018:

My tortoise name is peta (like Peter but cuter)

Raegan on June 23, 2018:

I named my three Red Eared Sliders, Harry(Boy), Hermoine(Girl), and Ron(Girl). My Burmese Python's name is Professer(Girl) and my Crested Gecko's name is Norbert(Boy). And my Curly Coated Retriever's name is Fluffy(Boy). See a pattern? I like Harry Potter... A LOT

Jocelyn szepessy on June 10, 2018:

I think this is great I have a yellow eared slider and he's a BOY and he is about a year old and he likes to bite people and it hurts and I don't know what to do please help

Brayden on June 07, 2018:

My female turtle is named Luna and my male is Franklin