tortoise - Long Lawford Primary School

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By
Hannah Dee
Where do they live?
· Some tortoises live in
India and other
countries like South
America and Africa.
You can tell that they
love warm places!!
What does its shell do?
·A tortoise’s shell is quite
thick, so it helps protect it
when hungry predators are
about.
· The colour of their shell
helps them to become
camouflaged in the
background.
·They can pull their head
and legs in when they
feel endangered.
How big is the biggest tortoise?
·The largest land
tortoise is called the
Galapagos (giant
tortoise.)
·It weighs a staggering
230 kg or more and
its shell can be1.2m
long.
What do they eat?
·Tortoises eat
plants,
vegetables and
fruit and the
word we use for
this is a
Herbivore.
Why are they so slow?
·They are so slow
because they have quite
a fat tummy and a heavy
shell. (Imagine, the
oldest tortoise, he lived
up to 152 years, and he
had to cope with that
heavy shell on his back
as well!!)
Hibernation
·Tortoises, have a 3 months period of hibernation as the
temperature can go down to 5°C.
·They start getting ready for hibernating in early
August – late September.
·They then hibernate for the next 3 months until the
weather warms up.
How can you tell the difference between
turtles and tortoises??
·Turtles are the ones
that swim in the
water and their shell
is bigger than a
tortoises.
·Tortoises are the ones
that stay on land but
very rarely they go in
the water.
How do tortoises adapt to their
environment?
Stretchy
neck to pull
in when
feels
endangered
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