Turtles and Tortoises
Turtles and Tortoises
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ABout Turtles and Tortoises

MANY PEOPLE THINK TURTLES AND TORTOISES ARE THE SAME OR THEY DO NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. TURTLES CAN SWIM AND TORTOISES ARE STRICTLY LAND ANIMALS.

Both turtles and tortoises have a round head and a hard, oval shell. The majority of turtles have webbed feet for swimming while tortoises have round and stocky feet for walking on land. These aquatic species are found in oceans, swamps, freshwater lakes, ponds, and streams. Terrestrial species are found in deserts, forests, and grasslands.

Who’s at the Zoo

Radiated tortoise, Egyptian tortoise, northern spider tortoise, Burmese star tortoise, desert tortoise, Australian snake-necked turtle

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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average size
Up to 8 feet long, weigh up to 1,800 pounds
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Native Region
All continents except Antarctica
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Eating Habits
Varies, depending on species
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable to critically endangered
Saving Tortoises in Madagascar

After rescuers discovered 10,000 radiated tortoises being held illegally inside a home in Madagascar, Keeper Andrew Ahl joined in the international volunteer effort to save these endangered animals.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Turtles and Tortoises are located in the Desert Dome.
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