CHIMPANZEES COMING THIS MAY

Radiated tortoise
Deserts

Tortoises and Turtles

About

Tortoises and turtles are reptiles that sport a shell that protects them from predators. The word “tortoise” is often used to describe animals that stay on land, while “turtle” applies to animals that make their home in water, but these terms are not used the same way in every part of the world. Whatever you call them, these amazing reptiles typically lead a solitary life, eating mostly vegetation and small animals and using scent to communicate with other individuals and fend off predators. They come in a wide range of sizes and live in many different habitats around the world.

Baby tortoises and turtles hatch from eggs laid by females. Depending on the species, it can take many months for the eggs to hatch, and then the babies are on their own! Some tortoises and turtles can live very long lives, up to 100 years or more!

Size
Up to 6 feet long and 2,000 pounds or more in weight, depending on the species
Live in
All continents except Antarctica
Food
Vegetation or small animals, depending on the species
IUCN Red List Status
Varies depending on the species
Radiated tortoise

Conservation

Many tortoises and turtles are threatened with extinction because too many of them were collected for food, medicine or the pet trade. Habitat loss or fragmentation in certain parts of the world also has caused the populations of some species to shrink dramatically. Always do your research before adopting a new pet to make sure you can meet its needs for the entirety of its life, and make sure it doesn’t harm wild populations.

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