Leopard Tortoise – The Fourth Largest Tortoise in the World

Leopard Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordate Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:        Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Stigmochelys Gray Species:     S. pardalis Binomial name:     Stigmochelys pardalis The Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys Pardalis) has attractive markings and is big in size; One can see them only in South Africa, the eastern region of … Read more

Largest (Giant) Tortoises

Largest Giant Tortoises

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:     Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Giant Tortoises are  reptiles typical of some  islands In the tropics.  These tortoises often reach enormous proportions so far as size and weight are concerned.  A giant tortoise can even weigh 300 Kilos or 660 lbs.  They can also … Read more

Indian Star Tortoise

Indian Star Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:     Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Geochelone Species:     G. elegans Binomial name:     Geochelone elegans Indian star tortoises belong to the species of tortoise Geochelone elegans.  You can find this species in the dry areas and scrub forests of India as well … Read more

Pet Tortoise

Pet Tortoise

You might have seen many people keeping dogs and cats as their pets. What about keeping a pet tortoise? It will be a different experience, full of fun, keeping them as a pet. If you love to do things differently then try a tortoise as your pet this time. Tortoises do make interesting pets.  Their … Read more

Impressed Tortoise

Impressed Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Manouria Species:     M. impressa Binomial name:     Manouria impressa The species impressed tortoise Manouria , biologically named Manouria impressa, is found in the mountain forest regions in the southeast of Asia in the country of Burma, including the southern part of … Read more

Hermann’s Tortoise

Hermann's Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:       Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Testudo (disputed) Species:     T. hermanni Binomial name:     Testudo hermanni Dating back to 200 million years,  to the  origin of reptiles,  the tortoise survived as a living fossil.The erstwhile population of these animals drastically diminished on account of … Read more

Greek Tortoise

Greek Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Testudo Species:     T. graeca Binomial name:     Testudo graeca The Greek Tortoises have another name, Spur-thigh Tortoise.   These tortoises vary a lot in color and size.  Their care requirements also vary.   This diversity is due to the fact … Read more

Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines (=Chelonii) Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Chelonoidis Species:     C. nigra Binomial name:     Chelonoidis nigra The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and the 13th-heaviest living reptile, reaching weights of over 400 kg (880 … Read more

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superfamily:     Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Gopherus Species:     G. polyphemus Binomial name:     Gopherus polyphemus The gopher tortoise, Gopherus Polyphemus digs holes which act as a refuge for 360 other species of animals, as such it is noted as a keystone species. … Read more

Egyptian Tortoise

Egyptian Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Testudo Species:     T. kleinmanni Binomial name:     Testudo kleinmanni Egyptian tortoise Testudo Kleinmanni or the Kleinmann’s tortoise, also known as Leith’s tortoise, and is one of the critically endangered species on Earth.  The neck-hiding tortoises are decreasing more … Read more

Elongated Tortoise

Elongated Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Testudines Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Indotestudo Species:     I. elongata Binomial name:     Indotestudo elongata The Elongated tortoise  Indotestudo elongate has a distinct and narrow carapace or upper shell that gives it  this name. Anatomy The color of the carapace ranges from caramel to yellowish–dark … Read more

Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Class:       Sauropsida Order:        Testudines Suborder:        Cryptodira Superamily:    Testudinoidea Family:     Testudinidae Genus:     Gopherus Species:     G. agassizii Binomial name:     Gopherus agassizii The history of desert tortoises dates back to several million years ago.  During this long period they had to adapt  to lots of changes in climatic and … Read more