I guess so. That preconception is based more on the assumption that all turtles are the same thing as tortoises, though. Consider that Aesop's tale is called "The Tortoise
and the Hare'' and not "The Turtle and the Hare". Turtles can swim and actively hunt prey, so sure, they tend to move around a lot if you give them enough room. I get angry when I see people keeping adult red sliders alone in enclosures the same size as a shoebox.
The herbivorous land tortoises however, really are slow. In water, turtles don't have to worry as much about the weight of their shells, but with tortoises, moving around too much is just a waste of energy, and as such, they're easily one of the laziest animals on the face of the planet (after my dog, of course).
So if there's a take away message to be had from this, it's that tortoises really are slow. Water-dwelling turtles, not so much.
edited 24th Sep '12 2:02:46 PM by Vellup
They never travel alone.