Desert tortoises are herbivores, and their diet in the wild consists of grasses, some species of cacti and their flowers, shrubs and wild flowers. Desert tortoises generally eat fresh plant materials, though their diet greatly depends on their specific region and the availability of food.
Captive tortoises require herbicide-free and pesticide-free forage, such as grasses, weeds, leafy greens and dried leaves and stalks. Because they are adapted to living in arid climates, desert tortoises require small amounts of water, and commercial produce with higher water content and less fiber should be given in controlled amounts. Avoid feeding cat or dog food to desert tortoises, as this may cause deformed growth and kidney and liver diseases.Learn More
Crocodiles are eaten by large cats, such as jaguars, leopards and lions. Anacondas and large lizard species also consume crocodiles. Hatchlings and young crocodiles are frequently eaten by large birds, such as heron.Full Answer >
According to the University of Florida, crocodiles have ears; however, they do not have visible external parts like mammals. Crocodiles have slits on the top of their heads that lead to the inner ears. When a crocodile submerges, the slits are covered by flaps of skin that protect the eardrums.Full Answer >
It is not possible to tell the age of a tortoise by looking at it. There is a common belief that counting the rings that appear on the shell of a tortoise yields the number of years the turtle has been alive, but the formation of rings on a tortoise shell is not regular.Full Answer >
Aside from humans, the crocodile does not have any natural enemies, according to All About Wildlife — an educational food web website for kids. The crocodile has a sturdy armor of bony plates that cover the majority of its body, and it has strong jaws that are capable of crushing everything from cast iron to bones.Full Answer >