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Tortoises: Testudinidae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Tortoises And People, Conservation Status, GalÁpagos Tortoise (geochelone Nigra): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET

GALÁPAGOS TORTOISE (Geochelone nigra): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
DESERT TORTOISE (Gopherus agassizii): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Tortoises exist on all large islands and continents, except Australia and Antarctica.

Tortoises live in many habitats, including deserts, grasslands, shrubby areas, and forests. Most live in warmer climates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and many make their homes on large islands in the ocean.

The tortoises are mainly plant-eaters, eating everything from grasses, flowers, and leaves to fruits and seeds. If they come across them, a few tortoises will also eat insects, worms, or other living or dead animals.

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