Ten fun facts about Tortoises

Fact 1
The shell of a tortoises is prepared from 60 different bones that are all connected to each other.

Fact 2
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.

Fact 3
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.

Fact 4
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 incubate

Fact 10
Tortoises hibernate during winter months and go through a period of starvation to empty their stomachs before hibernating.

Go to more animal facts ❯



Short about Tortoises
Are land dwelling reptiles that belong to the order Testudines.

Related facts about


Water Rats

Water polo