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What kind of tortoise do I have?

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There are about 200 species of tortoises that live around the world, but all tortoises have certain features that set them apart from turtles and other reptiles.

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Tortoises are generally land-dwelling creatures that only eat plants. They have rounded, clawed feet that make walking on land easier. They can be as small as 6 to 8 inches or as long as 4 feet, and they can weigh up to 600 pounds. Depending on the type of environment where they live, tortoises have unique adaptations that help them survive. For example, red-footed and yellow-footed tortoises living in the jungles of Central and South America have brightly colored camouflage, and desert tortoises are able spend up to 95 percent of their lives underground.

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