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    Question Tortoise, Hare and Rabbit

    Hi dear teachers!
    Q1. What are the differences between a hare and a rabbit? Are both of the same family or different?
    Q2. What's a tortoise, a male or a female?
    Q3. Which is correct?
    (a) Once upon a time there was a hare and a tortoise.
    (b) Once upon a time there were a hare and a tortoise.
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    A hare and rabbit are classed in the same family, Leporidae. Hare's have longer ears, hind feet and tails than rabbits.

    As far as I can tell, tortoises can be found in both male and female varieties.

    a) is the correct answer.

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    Re: Tortoise, Hare and Rabbit

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    A hare and rabbit are classed in the same family, Leporidae. Hares have longer ears, hind feet and tails than rabbits.

    Also: Same family but different genera. Hares are solitary animals and breed once a year; Rabbits live in large groups and breed all the year round.

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    Question Re: Tortoise, Hare and Rabbit

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    A hare and rabbit are classed in the same family, Leporidae. Hare's have longer ears, hind feet and tails than rabbits.

    As far as I can tell, tortoises can be found in both male and female varieties.

    a) is the correct answer.
    Q1. Why is " Once upon a time there was a hare and a tortoise." correct when there are two things e.g. (1) a hare (2) a tortoise? I've read the same thing in a book but could not understand why. Please explain.
    Q2. If tortoise can be of both males and females, how do we understand which gender is meant?
    Q3. What do we call a female tortoise?
    Q4. Do turtles and tortoise belong to the same family like the hare and rabbit?
    Desperately waiting for the answer.
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    Q1. Why is " Once upon a time there was a hare and a tortoise." correct when there are two things e.g. (1) a hare (2) a tortoise? I've read the same thing in a book but could not understand why. Please explain.

    Because the story refers to a hare (singular) and a tortoise (singular); the plural version of the sentence would be: there were hares and tortoises.

    Q2. If tortoise can be of both males and females, how do we understand which gender is meant?

    We don't. It is often difficult to ascertain gender of English nouns - c.f. spider, crocodile, etc. Only way of doing this would be to say tortoisette, but there is currently no such word.

    Q3. What do we call a female tortoise?

    Tortoisette?

    Q4. Do turtles and tortoise belong to the same family like the hare and rabbit?

    They are related, although their exact relation is harder to define.

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    Re: Tortoise, Hare and Rabbit

    #1 It is the way in which folk tales often start: to extend it "Once upon a time there was a hare and [there was] a tortoise". Also, it is much easier to say aloud.

    #2 You can't - it really doesn't matter in the context of the tale. Both the hare and the tortoise could be male or female.

    #3 female tortoise

    #4 Yes - the family is Testudinidae. Very broadly, Turtles are sea-going and Tortoises are non-swimming land reptiles.

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    Re: Tortoise, Hare and Rabbit

    Hi dawoodkimani,

    There are some more words about your pet tortous. I hope you would find alone a few answers yours questions.


    Turtles and tortoises are the only surviving branch of the even more ancient clade Anapsida, which includes groups such as the procolophonoids, millerettids and pareiasaurs.

    British English normally describes these reptiles as turtles if they live in the sea; terrapins if they live in fresh or brackish water; or tortoises if they live on land.

    turtle = any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming

    tortous = Any of various terrestrial turtles, especially one of the family Testudinidae, characteristically having thick clublike hind limbs and a high, rounded carapace.


    A tortoise or land turtle is a land-dwelling reptile of the order Testudines

    Many, though not all, species of tortoises are sexually dimorphic,though the differences between males and females vary from species to species. In some species, males have a longer, more protruding neck plate than their female counterparts, while in others the claws are longer on the females. In most tortoise species the female tends to be larger than the male. Some believe that males grow quicker,while the female grows slower but larger. The male also has a plastron that is curved inwardsto aid reproduction. The easiest way to determine the sex of atortoise is to look at the tail. The females, as a general rule have a smaller tail which is dropped down whereas the males have a much longer tail which is usually pulled up and to the side of the rear shell.

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