Ten fun facts about Tortoises
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The shell of a tortoises is prepared from 60 different bones that are all connected to each other.
The top part of the shell is called the carapace and the underside is called the plastron. The carapace and the underside are connected by a bridge. Tortoises retract their limbs into their shell to protect themselves from predators.
They have strong horny mouths and no teeth. Tortoises do not have flippers and live entirely above water. They have good eyesight and excellent sense of smell.
Tortoises are cold-blooded and generally diurnal. They draw heat from the environment to get warm and walk on land with their round and stumpy feet.Fact 5
They have the same lifespan as humans and some tortoises can live from 90 to 150 years.Fact 6
Tortoises are herbivores and eat mainly grass, ferns, fruits, flowers and tree leaves.Fact 7
The female is generally larger than the male in most of the species. Females dig nesting burrows in which they lay 1 to 30 eggs.Fact 8
A tortoise has four legs and a shell that is joined down the sides. The tails of the male tortoises are longer than that of the female tortoises.Fact 9
They store their sperm and produce fertile eggs three years after the last mating. Females lay 2-12 eggs in deep holes and leave. The hatchling takes 90 – 120 days to incubateFact 10
Tortoises hibernate during winter months and go through a period of starvation to empty their stomachs before hibernating. Go to more animal facts ❯
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