ANIMAL FACTS - Tortoises and Turtles
Aldabran Tortoise hatchlings are only about 6 centimetres long with soft shells. They are very prone to predation at this stage.
Turtles and Tortoises are common name for reptiles that make up the order Chelonia, (also known as Testudines), recognized by a hard shell that encloses the internal organs of the body. Turtles are ancient life forms. The earliest fossils recognized as turtles date from the Triassic period, about 200 million years ago; thus, turtles were in existence prior to the emergence of the great dinosaur groups. Unlike dinosaurs, however, turtles have continued to adapt and flourish.
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