Sunday, 9 October 2016

My Sunday Photo 9th October 2016

two giant african tortoise

My photo this week was take from a recent visit to our local Wildlife Conservation Park. It's one of our favourite places to visit and not far from home.

These are two gorgeous African Spurred Tortoise and it's hard to tell from the photo but they are HUGE! They are the third largest species of tortoise in the world and I'd say the bigger one was around two foot long. They were also surprisingly quick on their feet.

It took me a while to work out why it was called a spurred tortoise but you can just about see the spurs just under his back flank.

Such beautiful and big creatures. They are often kept as pets because of their nature but are difficult to look after because they need a very large enclosure. That I can believe, these are bigger than my cats.


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