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Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys Sulcata)

Sulcata TortoiseThe 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. Salcuta means furrow which refers to the deep furrows on the sulcus tortoises’ outer shell.  The Sulcata tortoise is […]


Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise Description of Desert Tortoises The desert tortoise has a large, domed shell with no easily recognizable pattern. When it is young, its shell is a light brown or tan hue, but the color changes as the tortoise grows and generally darkens into a dark brown or gray by adulthood. However, the underside of […]


Yellow Foot Tortoise

Yellow Foot Tortoise Description of the Yellow Foot Tortoise This 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 […]


Hingeback Tortoise

Description of the Hingeback tortoise There are several subspecies of the hingeback tortoise, and each of these has unique habits and aspects of appearance that distinguish it from the rest of the pack. All these subspecies are native to different parts of Africa, ranging from the west of the Sahara all the way to the […]


Elongated Tortoise

Elongated Tortoise Description of the Elongated TortoiseThe Elongated tortoise derives its name from its distinctive narrow carapace or shell. Nearly 12 inches long, the tortoise posseses a unique carapace ranging from caramel to yellowish–dark brown in color. Dark blotches are present on every scute with a pale yellow color exhibited on the head, whereas the […]


Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise Description The Galapagos is not a turtle, it is a tortoise. Galapagos Tortoises are the largest tortoise species in the world and the 14th heaviest living reptile. They were first spotted in the Galapagos Islands in 1535. The islands were named after these tortoises. Galapago which means ‘saddle’ in Spanish refers to the […]


Gopher Tortoise

Description of a Gopher Tortoise A gopher tortoise is a fairly large land reptile. They have scales on their front legs to protect them while digging and burrowing. Their legs are very short and strong, with wide flat claws for digging. The Gopher Tortoise shell is dark brown to grey-black in color, with a yellow […]


Marginated Tortoise

Description of Marginated TortoisesThe 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 up […]


Hermann Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

Description of the Hermann tortoise 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. The shell of the eastern species is less highly domed compared to the western species. Hermann tortoises have brightly coloured shell which might fade as they grow […]

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