Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Reptilia
                 Family : Testudinidae
  Scientific Name : Geochelone Elegans

                      Size : 6 - 120cm (2.4 - 47in)
                 Weight : 0.1 - 300kg (0.2 - 66lbs)
           Top Speed : 0.5 km/h (0.3mph)
            Life Span : 30 - 150 years

                Colour : Grey, Brown, Black,
                                    Yellow, Green
           Skin Type : Scales
Special Features : Slow movement and
                                hard, protective 
                                body shell
  1. Tortoises are land dwelling reptiles closely related to sea turtles.
  2. They are found mostly in the warmer countries of the southern hemisphere.
  3. Their hard shell protects them from their predators.
  4. The tortoise retracts its limbs into the hard shell for protection.
  5. Depending on the species, they vary in color and diet and their shell ranges from a few cm to 2m in size.
  6. Most species of tortoise are diurnal, but a few only go out during dawn and dusk in very hot climate.
  7. Most of the tortoise species are herbivores feeding on grass, weeds, flowers, leafy greens and fruits.
  8. They have their natural predators in Foxes, Badgers and coyotes.
  9. Their lifespan is quite similar that of humans, but the Giant Tortoise is known to live for 150 years.
  10. The female tortoise lays around 10 eggs in nesting burrows which hatch after 2-4 months.
  11. Oddly the female tortoise leaves the nesting burrow after laying the eggs.
  12. Only a few of the baby tortoise survive as they are extremely vulnerable to predators.
  13. Some smaller species of tortoise are kept as pets in households, they need to have the same diet as in the wild.
  14. Most species of tortoise, especially in the northern hemisphere hibernate during winters.
  15. Interestingly, the tortoise needs to be empty stomach before hibernating and tend to starve before hibernating.
  16. Tortoise has been extremely popular for their slow speed. They reach a top speed of 0.5 kmph.

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