interesting facts about tortoises

15 Terrific Facts about Tortoises

The tortoise might be one of the slowest creatures out there, but it’s safe to say that they’re also one of the most amazing. Take a look at these 15 interesting facts about tortoises and you’ll never think about the famous race against the hare in the same way again…

  1. A group of tortoises are known as a creep.
  2. They inspired a classic army formation used by the Romans to besiege cities.
  3. They are a type of turtle, but a turtle is not a type of tortoise.

fun facts about tortoises

  1. If something is “testudinal” it means it resembles a tortoise.
  2. They are one of the few animals to have exoskeletons and endoskeletons.
  3. Scientists have found they are better at navigating mazes than rats, if not quite a lot slower!
  1. The USSR sent tortoises into space in 1968.
  2. They returned safely to Earth having lost just 10% of their bodyweight.
  3. Tortoises smell using their throats, not their noses.

Tortoise Facts

  1. They get every ounce of water out of their food and only wee out a white toothpaste looking substance.
  2. Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin kept the exact same giant tortoise.
  3. The Galapagos tortoise is the biggest in the world and was famously discovered by Darwin.
  4. Tortoises have to fully empty their lungs to be able to hide in their shells.
  5. If they originate in warmer countries they tend to have noticeably lighter coloured shells to help them stay cool.
  6. Their shells are similar in structure to hooves and fingernails.

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