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Tortoise

Tortoise are land turtles, their body is covered by shell. They withdraw their neck in shell for protection from predators. They are active during day time and rest during night.

Facts About Tortoise

  1. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge.
  2. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters.
  3. They are unable to swim or float in water while tutles can swim and even float in water.
  4. Female tortoise lays 2-12 eggs in deep holes and leave, hatchlings servive on their own. Hatchlings takes 90-120 days to incubate.
  5. Their growth depends on the availability of food and water.
  6. Sex of tortoise is determined by looking at their tail. Females have a smaller tail which is dropped down whereas the males have a much longer tail which is usually pulled up and to the side of the rear shell.
  7. Most of them are herbivorous i.e they eat grasses, weeds, leafy greens, flowers, and certain fruits but some eat insects also.

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