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Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri


The pancake tortoise has an unusually thin, flat, flexible shell, which is up to 17.8 centimetres (7.0 in) long. While the shell bones of most other tortoises are solid, the pancake tortoise has shell bones with many openings, making it lighter and more agile than other tortoises. The carapace (top shell) is brown, frequently with a variable pattern of radiating dark lines on each scute (shell plate), helping to camouflage the tortoise in its natural dry habitat.The plastron (bottom shell) is pale yellow with dark brown seams and light yellow rays, and the head, limbs and tail are yellow-brown.


This tortoise was found at Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa, OK, USA.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on May 1, 2013

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