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Tortoise


Tortoises are land-dwelling reptiles. These animals belong to the family Testudinidae, order Testudines. Tortoises vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters and have a shell that protects them of predators. When sensing danger, tortoises will retract their feet and head into their shell for protection. Tortoises live primarily in arid regions. Tortoises do not have webbed feet. They have short, stumpy legs, and claws for digging and moving. Tortoises cannot swim and will drown if they fall into deep water. Tortoises have a very long lifespan, and some individuals are known to have lived more than 150 years.



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