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Which feature of this tortoise would allow it to reach tall growing plants?

Which feature of this tortoise would allow it to reach tall growing plants?

The saddleback allows the tortoise’s neck to reach up higher to eat tall plants such as cacti.

What do large tortoises eat?

Giant Tortoise Diet Their diet consists mostly of cactus, fruits, vines, grasses and other vegetation. Tortoises can store food and water very efficiently and for a very long time. This means that they are able to go without eating or drinking for up to one year.

What is the special features of tortoise?

Tortoises have short, thick feet like those of an elephant’s while turtles have webbed feet for swimming. A tortoise’s shell is heavier and more rounded while a turtle’s shell is lighter and flat. Tortoises are often loners. Tortoises are experts at getting all the water and nutrients they need from what they eat.

What do intermediate tortoises eat?

Galápagos tortoises are herbivores that eat prickly pear cactus (a favorite) and fruits, as well as flowers, leaves, and grasses. In fact, these tortoises can go without eating or drinking for up to a year, because they can store food and water so well.

What are the enemies of a tortoise?

Roadrunners, snakes, kit foxes and coyotes are a few examples of tortoise predators. But there is another predator that is having a major impact on survival of desert tortoise – the common raven.

What is the biggest tortoise?

Galapagos Tortoise
The largest species of Tortoise is in fact the Galapagos Tortoise, often reaching enormous size—they can weigh as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) and can grow to be 1.3 m (4 ft) long. The biggest Galapagos tortoises on record reached 880 pounds and over 6 feet long.

What is the average lifespan of a tortoise?

Galápagos tortoises are noted to live over 150 years, but an Aldabra giant tortoise named Adwaita may have lived an estimated 255 years. In general, most tortoise species can live 80–150 years.

Can a tortoise live without its shell?

Tortoises and turtles absolutely cannot live without their shells. It is fused to the tortoises’ and turtles’ bones so they cannot live without it. In fact, the shell of a tortoise or turtle has nerve endings, which means it can feel you touching it and it hurts when the shell is damaged.

How do I know if my tortoise is happy?

An excited tortoise will willingly move toward whatever has her attention. They often run, or move as fast as they can. You can tell they are excited by the speed and surety of their movements. Nothing can distract and excited, determined tortoise.

How long does a tortoise live?

50 to 100 years
But tortoises can live a very long time (anywhere from 50 to 100 years). If you take one as a pet, be prepared to provide a lifetime of care and consider that your pet might even outlive you.

Can a bird pick up a tortoise?

Birds have been known to take small tortoises. It is always wise to have ‘crop net’, wire mesh, or other bird-proof covering for your enclosure.

What are tortoises enemies?

Roadrunners, snakes, kit foxes and coyotes are a few examples of tortoise predators. While ravens have always been a part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, the recent explosion in their populations means an increase in tortoise hatchling predation, and this slow and steady species is struggling to survive.

What kind of plant is good for tortoise?

Hibiscus leaves and flowers provide nutrition for your tortoise and add color to your garden. The plant comes in two varieties. The tropical hibiscus comes in various colors and requires deep watering and protection from hot afternoon sun.

What kind of grasses do desert tortoises eat?

Tortoises instinctively know what is ok to consume and what is not, so don’t worry about poisoning them. All native grasses—a mix of sizes is suggested. The large ones like bamboo muhly provide shelter as well as food. The fast spreading ones like vine mesquite (Hopia obtusa) provide a constant supply of food.

Can a tortoise eat a commercial salad plant?

The fiber content will also be far high than ‘commercial’ salads. If you can manage to grow some of these plants in your tortoise enclosure your tortoises will certainly appreciate your efforts.

What kind of diet does a leopard tortoise need?

Many suggested captive diets are all too low in one factor ­- fiber. Leopard tortoises must have a high fiber intake.