Yellow Footed Tortoise

Yellow Footed Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chelonoidis Species:     C. denticulata Binomial name:     Chelonoidis denticulata The Amazon yellow-footed tortoise (previously called Geochelone denticulate, presently Chelonoidis) is a genus of the group Testudinidae. This tortoise relates to the red-footed tortoise (C. carbonaria). We see them … Read more

Tortoise Facts

Tortoise and boy

Many people are interested  in reading about tortoises.  They would like to know more about the facts regarding the various aspects of the life of this reptile.  Though biologists have discovered a lot of facts about them, there are still a lot of unknown facts.  These facts are bound to astonish you when you get … Read more

What Do Tortoises Eat?

Tortoise eating

More people now are getting intrigued with the idea of keeping tortoises as pets. As a matter of fact, the maintenance cost is minimal and you have over 250 varieties as your choice. Prior to taking a decision on having a tortoise as a pet in your home, knowledge of their expectations and how to … Read more

Texas Tortoise or Berlandier’s Tortoise

Texas Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Gopherus Species:     G. berlandieri Binomial name:     Gopherus berlandieri The carapace (upper shell) of the North American species, the Berlandier’s Tortoise, the tortoise,  Gopherus berlandieri or the Texas Tortoise is more or less rectangular in shape.  The carapace is … Read more

Serrated Hinge Back Tortoise

Serrated Hinge Back Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Kinixys Species:     K. erosa Binomial name:     Kinixys erosa We can  identify the Hinge Back tortoise, binomial name  Kinixys Erosa,  easily by its hinged carapace or upper shell. The hinged carapace permits the shell’s rear to close, thereby protecting the hind … Read more

Spider Tortoises

Spider Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Pyxis Species:     P. arachnoides Binomial name:     Pyxis arachnoides Spider Tortoises belong to the family Testudinidae. This species of tortoise Pyxis arachnoidesis endemic or confined to Madagascar.  The genus Pyxis has only two species.Arachnoides are one of them.  This is an … Read more

Russian Tortoise

Russian Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Agrionemys Species:     A. horsfieldii Binomial name:     Agrionemys horsfieldii The Russian tortoise or Horsfield’s tortoise, Agrionemys Horsfieldii or otherwise called Central Asian tortoise is of the genus Agrionemys,  acquiring its name from the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield. This variety is a … Read more

Red Footed Tortoise

Red Footed Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudine Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chelonoidis Species:     C. carbonaria Binomial name:     Chelonoidis carbonaria The red-footed tortoises or Chelonoidis carbonaria are favorite  pet tortoises of North and South America. The normal size of an adult is approximately 30 cm (12 in). … Read more

Radiated Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Astrochelys Species:     A. radiate Binomial name:     Astrochelys radiate One can only rarely see a radiated tortoise Astrochelys Radiate belonging to the endangered species,  but they are very good pets. They belong to the family Testudinidae and are … Read more

Pinta Island Tortoise

Pinta Island Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chelonoidis Species:     C. nigra Subspecies:     C. n. abingdonii Trinomial name:     Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii Tortoise Chelonoidis Nigra Abingdonii or the Pinta Island tortoise, also referred to as the Abingdon Island tortoise the Pinta giant tortoise or the ‘giant’ tortoise … Read more

Oldest Tortoise

Oldest Tortoise

Wish the tortoises could speak! Wish that they could tell us stories of those long forgotten days when wars would rage where there was no nuclear power, when letters were still in fashion. Indeed, there still lives a tortoise whose birth can you can date back to the year 1832. Now that is healthy living! … Read more

Indochinese Tortoises (Manouria)

Indochinese Tortoises

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Geoemydidae Subfamily:     Geoemydinae Genus:     Cuora Species:     C. galbinifrons Binomial name:     Cuora galbinifrons Tortoises Manouria refer to the few age old groups of tortoises that are famous for their fossil record. They generally occupy the southern regions of Asia in … Read more