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Texas Tortoise

By Brock Yates

Texas Tortoise Care Sheet The Texas tortoise is one of the few tortoise species endemic to North America. As a North American tortoise, the texas tortoise is well adapted to living outdoors in places with a dry temperate climate. The species is protected by the Endangered Species Act. As such, to adopt a member of […]

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Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys Sulcata)

By Brock Yates

The sulcata tortoise commonly known as the African spurred tortoise is a species of tortoise with the genetic name geochelone sulcata. Its taxonomic name sulcata is derived from the physical appearance of its outer shell. Sulcata means furrow which refers to the deep furrows on the sulcus tortoises’ outer shell.  The Sulcata tortoise is found […]

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Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata)

By Brock Yates

Radiated Tortoise Care Sheet The critically endangered radiated tortoise is one of the most endangered and most desirable tortoises in the world. Because they are critically engendered, there are several rules against keeping wild-caught radiated tortoise as pets. However, you can keep a captive-bred radiated tortoise. To transport, as well as to sell a captive-bred […]

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Elongated Tortoise (Yellow Headed Tortoise)

By Brock Yates

Description of the Elongated Tortoise The Elongated tortoise also known as the yellow headed tortoise derives its name from its distinctive narrow carapace or shell. Nearly 12 inches long, the tortoise possesses a unique carapace ranging from caramel to yellowish–dark brown in color. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Indotestudo Scientific Name: Indotestudo Elongata Aquatic/Land: Land Size: up […]

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Yellow Foot Tortoise (Brazilian Giant Tortoise)

By Brock Yates

Description of the Yellow Foot Tortoise The yellow foot tortoise is a species of tortoise that is very closely related to the Red Footed Tortoise. It is naturally found in the Amazon Basin in South America. It is the third largest mainland tortoise with an average length of 15.75 in. (40 cm). Its carapace is […]

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Marginated Tortoise (Testudo Marginata)

By Brock Yates

Description of Marginated Tortoises The biggest of all European tortoises, a fully-grown marginated tortoise can reach a length of about 14 inches and weigh up to eleven pounds. Unlike many other tortoises, its shell has an oblong shape that is extremely thick around the middle of the body. The back part of the shell fishtails […]

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Pancake Tortoise (Tornier’s tortoise)

By Brock Yates

Description of the Malacochersus Tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) The malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) is a thin, flat shelled small tortoise just as its name pancake tortoise’ suggests. Its carapace, the top side of the shell, ranges between 6 to 7 inches at maturity with a height of about 1 inch. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Malacochersus Scientific Name: […]

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Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

By Brock Yates

Hermann’s tortoise Facts Hermann tortoise falls under the species Testudo. Three subspecies can be found, which are, western Hermann’s tortoise, eastern Hermann’s tortoise and Dalmatian tortoise. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Testudo Scientific Name: Testudo hermanni Subspecies: Western Hermann’s Tortoise, Eastern Hermann’s Tortoise Aquatic/Land: Land Size: Average 7.5 inches (18 cm) in length Color: Black and Goldish […]

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Aldabra Tortoise (Seychelles Giant Tortoise)

By Brock Yates

What does the Aldabra tortoise look like? The Aldabra tortoise usually has a rounded and dark colored carapace with bumping up pieces and stunning patterns. Scientifically named Aldabrachelys gigantea, as the name suggests they are one of the biggest tortoises in the world. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Aldabrachelys Scientific Name: Aldabrachelys Gigantea Other Names: Seychelles giant […]

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Red-Footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis Carbonaria)

By Brock Yates

Red-footed Tortoise Facts Red-footed Tortoises are closely related Yellow-Footed tortoises. On average, adults get to be about 12 inches (30 centimeters) long, with the exception here and there for some who grow up to 19 inches (40 centimeters). Its carapace is dark in color and is loaf shaped. They have lighter patches in the center […]

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