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Pancake tortoise #pancakeday
We thought we would celebrate #pancakeday by doing a shout out to our pancake tortoises.
Pancake tortoises are a different shape to other tortoises. The adult’s shell is about 15cm long and 3cm high, making it appear very flattened – hence its name. The underside of the shell is very soft and flexible so that it squishes under pressure, enabling it to squeeze into tight spaces in times of danger.
Pancake tortoises are unfortunately listed as vulnerable in the wild, largely because they are often collected for the pet trade. Here at the Zoo we are trying to maintain the pancake tortoise in human care to help conserve the species.
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