Tortoises have been on Earth for more than 200 million years. The difference between a tortoise and a turtle is that turtles live in water, whereas tortoises live on land. The oldest Giant Tortoise in the world was caught at approximately 50 years old and went on to live for another 152 years. When holding a tortoise it’s best to put a hand underneath its body, as tortoises become stressed if they feel air beneath them. The tortoise in Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare won the race by dogged determination, a lesson for us all.