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~Tortoise~


~Tortoise~
Photo Information
Copyright: Sunandan Saha (papon) (24)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus SP550UZ
Exposure: f/3.9, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 3:09
Viewed: 3758
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tortoises or land turtles are land-dwelling reptiles of the family of Testudinidae, order Testudines. Like their marine cousins, the sea turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise has both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. Tortoises tend to be diurnal animals with tendencies to be crepuscular depending on the ambient temperatures. They are generally reclusive animals.Although the word "turtle" is widely used to describe all members of the order Testudines, it is also common to see certain members described as terrapins, tortoises or sea turtles as well. Precisely how these alternative names are used, if at all, depends on the type of English being used.


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