On our way from Cape Town to Hermanus we took the scenic route along the coast, stopping near the town of Rooi-els, where we saw the Cape Rockjumper.
I didn't get photos of the rockjumpers, but I did get photos of this cool tortoise that was the first thing we came upon after parking at the site.
Probably run over by a lawnmower :(
Cool observation! This tortoise was seen on the shoulder of the road, and has successfully escaped kidnapping and a domestic dispute. She's even one of the oldest participants of a 50 year telemetry study! Neat to see her alive and roaming.
Here's a little history for this critter:
From Camera #1 of the Daraja Wildlife Project, near Nanyuki, Kenya
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...