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    Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone Playtona)

    Native to the forests of Myanmar, Burma, and the Burmese star tortoise is scientifically known as Geochelone playton. It belongs to the family of Testudinidae. It gets its name from its beautiful carapace with prominent star-like radiant patterns. This star of yellow lines crosses over the dark brown or black carapace that is highly domed. […]

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      Turtle & Tortoise Terms

      A glossary of turtle and tortoise terminology Amazon swords: A freshwater aquatic plant Anachris: A freshwater weed Anal scutes: The scutes on the rear plastron; can be different shapes for male or female Annuli: Pattern of growth rings on the scutes of tortoises Anterior: Towards the head, the front Antibiotic: A chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that kills […]

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        Turtle Species

        Turtle Species​Turtle Species, there are hundreds of different types of turtles. At the moment we have 30 different turtle species on this page. Click on each one to get further information on caring for your turtle.  If you have any pictures or suggestions, please let us know so we can continue to improve our knowledge […]

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          Egyptian Tortoise (Kleinmann’s Tortoise)

          The Egyptian Tortoise is an endangered species of a neck-hiding tortoise which is also commonly known as Leith’s tortoise. They have been given a scientific name which is Testudo Kleinmanni, which explains the fact that they may also be called as Kleinmann’s tortoise. These tortoises are most commonly found in Egypt and Libya, but they […]

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            Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone Elegans)

            The Indian Star Tortoise is one of the most threatened species mostly found in dry areas and scrub forests. Their scientific name is “Geochelone elegans” situated in certain Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India. This tortoise is very famous among the exotic (rare or usual) pet trade. Due to this the species has […]

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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 […]

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                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 […]

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                  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 […]

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                    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 […]

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                      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 other delicate […]

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