Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Range- Eastern Africa, Somalia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Habitat-The pancake tortoise lives up in mountainous regions in eastern Africa. The landscape is very rocky, and has little life of plants. What plants do live there are thorny succulents, and trees. Little grass but it does grow in the locations where pancake tortoises are found in the wild. They live in crevices of rocks as many as a group of 12 animals per crevice or hole. The pancake tortoise obviously gets its name from its appearance. The plastron and carapace is actually flexible so they can maneuver and squeeze into the very narrow or tiny openings of their den or hole they choose to nestle into. The geographical make up of their habitat also consist of a usually a higher altitude being up as high as 6000 feet above sea level. They are excellent climbers.

Diet-Grasses, succulents, cactus fruits, and broad leaf weeds.

Size-Adult size up to 8+”

Conservation-Vulnerable. Lots of habitat destruction, and over collecting for pet trade has brought a very limited number of export of these wonderfully unique tortoises.

Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Female Left. Male Right.  Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

Female Left. Male Right. Pancake (Malacochersus Tornieri)

 

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