Tortoise

Tortoises
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Aldabra giant tortoise
(Geochelone gigantea)
from Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Suborder:Cryptodira
Superfamily:Testudinoidea
Family:Testudinidae

A tortoise is a reptile of the order Testudines which lives on land. Like their aquatic cousins, the sea turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. They get around quit quickly, and and are vegetation. Most are quite small, but island tortoises have several times evolved to a large size: those on the Galapagos are famous. Darwin made one of his rare mistakes when he did not note which island each of them came from. Later it became clear that they were slightly different on different islands.Pet tortoises can,t be left under heat.

Further reading

  • Chambers, Paul. A sheltered life: the unexpected history of the giant tortoise. John Murray (Publishers), London. 2004. ISBN 0-7195-6528-6.
  • Gerlach, Justin. Giant tortoises of the Indian Ocean. Chimiara publishers, Frankfurt. 2004
Other Languages
Afrikaans: Landskilpad
Ænglisc: Byrdling
العربية: سلاحف برية
অসমীয়া: কাছ
asturianu: Testudinidae
azərbaycanca: Quru tısbağaları
বাংলা: কচ্ছপ
Bislama: Totel
བོད་ཡིག: རུས་སྦལ།
brezhoneg: Testudinidae
català: Testudínids
Cebuano: Testudinidae
čeština: Testudovití
chiShona: Kamba
Cymraeg: Crwban tir
Ελληνικά: Χελώνα
English: Tortoise
español: Testudinidae
Esperanto: Teraj testudoj
euskara: Testudinidae
føroyskt: Landskjaldbøkur
Gaeilge: Toirtís
Gàidhlig: Crùban-coille
한국어: 땅거북과
Bahasa Indonesia: Kura-kura
isiXhosa: Ufudo
italiano: Testudinidae
kurdî: Kûsî
Latina: Testudinidae
Lëtzebuergesch: Landdeckelsmouken
मैथिली: कछुवा
Malagasy: Fano
Bahasa Melayu: Kura-kura
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကုန်းလိပ်
Nederlands: Landschildpadden
नेपाली: कछुवा
नेपाल भाषा: काउले
日本語: リクガメ科
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਕੱਛੂਕੁੰਮਾ
پنجابی: کچھو کما
português: Testudinidae
română: Testudinidae
संस्कृतम्: कूर्मः
Scots: Tortoise
සිංහල: කැස්බෑවා
slovenčina: Korytnačkovité
کوردی: کیسەڵ
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kornjača
தமிழ்: ஆமை
తెలుగు: తాబేలు
ತುಳು: ಏಮೆ
Tiếng Việt: Họ Rùa cạn
Winaray: Testudinidae
吴语: 陸龜
粵語: 陸龜
中文: 陸龜