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|German to English translations [PRO]|
Science - Zoology / US usage
|German term or phrase: Schildkröte|
|I am currently translating specifications for specialty pet outlets in US English and would like to ask for advice on a problem I am having.|
In UK English, "Schildkröte" can mean two things: a turtle is "Seeschildkröte" and a tortoise is "Landschildkröte". However, I have heard that the usage is more interchangeable in US English and internet research has suggested the same. My question is: (a) is this true and (b) is it normal US usage simply to call them all "turtles"?
Any input appreciated!
"Chelonian" appears to be the "Überbegriff" for turtles and tortoises. I admit, it's a little fancy, but your texts seem to be oriented towards experts (worried about amoeba-carriers and the like) and what you could do is introduce the word at the beginning of your text, something like "Chelonians, the collective term for turtles and tortoises, are blahblah..." I do think they are talking about *both* in the sentence you mentioned. Some use "chelonia" for the plural.
Snakes - Lizards - Chelonians - Crocodilians - Amphisbaenids - Tuataras
[then a list of various turtles & tortoises)
[with an interesting description of UK/US differences]
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|In the end, I took Michele's advice and wrote "chelonians - i.e. tortoises and turtles - ..." for the first usage in each section. Many thanks to Michele and everyone else who contributed.|
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According to Webster:
any reptile of the order Chelonia, comprising aquatic and terrestrial species having the trunk enclosed in a shell consisting of a dorsal carapace and a ventral plastron.
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