"La tartaruga è un animale."
Translation:The turtle is an animal.
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If you mean LA tartaruga it is like any other noun. You have to memorize. With rare exceptions, the gender of the word does not depends on the biological gender of the animal.
If you mean un animale you have learned that word animale is masculine. It will always take masculine articles, regardless of the gender of the word for the animal or the biological gender of the animal