An 8 year old Tortoise moves through the leaves in search of nice fresh green grass to eat.

Tortoise vs Turtle

The Tortoise

I photographed TaLouie, and 8 year old Tortoise, the same time I shot the Bearded Dragon lizard recently. I am not sure I have ever been this close to a Tortoise and I know I have never looked at them this close. There really quite amazing animals to look at.

TaLouie is an 8 year old male. Tortoises are herbivores and eat dry grasses and must not get cooler than 60 degrees as they come from the grasslands and savannas of Africa. They are docile but like to burrow and as pets that means they dig straight through drywall. In Africa they can dig 30 inch deep and 12 ft long to cool off from the heat. TaLouie is roughly 1/2 the size of an adult. They can live to be well over 100.

Tortoise vs Turtle

Tortoise vs Turtle, according to the San Diego zoo, the big difference between the two is that tortoises live on land, while turtles live in the water. Who new?

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/turtle-tortoise

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An 8 year old Tortoise moves through the leaves in search of nice fresh green grass to eat.

An 8 year old Tortoise moves through the leaves in search of nice fresh green grass to eat.

The sun light brings out the texture of the shell of an 8 year old Tortoise

The sun light brings out the texture of the shell of an 8 year old Tortoise

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

The texture of a prehistoric looking Tortoise is brought out by the sun light

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