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.
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.Learn More
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