Small tortoise (approx. 12" from nose to end of shell) crossing the trail.
Cameron Park Zoo
10/18/2008, 10:50 AM
Canon EOS D60, 1/800, f/5.6, 300mm (70-300), ISO 100
feeding on cereus around 11:30am
No visible damage. Looked to be in good shape.
Looks to be in good shape. Out for a morning walk. Didn't see any damage to the shell.
On October 27, 2013 we took a second walk around the Forest Nature Center, Broward County, Fl.
XplorMor got a picture of a Gopher Tortoise.
I take it this is a Texas Tortoise. Its shell looks different that most of the others I see.. It seemed VERY thick compared to the others. I take it this one has some age to it.. The humps on the top of the shell were very pronounced, and the color didn't change much across the entire shell... I saw no damage to it. Overall looked to be in good shape. I was wondering what the big nodes were on the bottom of it's "Chin"?? Calcis?
Couple of Texas Tortiose. I see a lot, but have never seen one as large as THIS one.. It had been eating prickly pear fruit, as it's face was purple.
We saw five that weekend. Some weekends we don't see any at all.
The large one has some damage to the shell. If you look at the photo in it's original size, you can see some damage from what I would guess where a coyote tried to get a meal. Looks like a tooth mark chipped the shell.
Tortoises (/ˈtɔːr.təs.ɪz/, Testudinidae) are a family of land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines. Like other turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise endoskeleton has the adaptation of having an external shell fused to the ribcage. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. They are usually...