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Pancake Tortoise

Native to Africa, the Pancake Tortoisegets its name from the flat shape of its carapace.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Malacochersus
    Species M. tornieri
    Scientific Name Malacochersustornieri


    Length 17.8 cm (7.0 in) by carapace length
    Coloration Patterns of pale yellow and dark brown
    Distribution Native to southern Kenya and northern and eastern Tanzania
    Habitat Found along the hillsides with rocky outcrops, in arid thorn scrub and savanna
    Diet Herbivorous diet feeding on a both fresh and dry grasses and some kind of fruits
    Breeding Season January and February
    Clutch Size 1 egg at a time with multiple eggs laid throughout the season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on January 28th 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 23rd July 2018.

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