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Timbavati Wildlife Park Quick Facts: Tortoise

By Chris Taylor Monday, July 3, 2017

Greetings friends and Happy 4th of July weekend to you all. I know it’s Monday but if you saved a vacation day or two, you’re able to parlay this weekend into a 4 day long event. That would allow you to slow down just a little bit to read a few quick facts about the tortoise. However if you have to work, skip to the video at the end for your quick facts and forget that we’re having a boatload of fun without you! I’m just kidding but being off is sure nice!

Timbavati Wildlife Park is home to a creep of tortoises. Yes you read right, I said creep. A bunch of cows is called a herd, a bunch of kangaroos are called a mob, a bunch of tortoises are referred to as a creep.

Whose On First

Tortoises are turtles, but turtles aren’t tortoises. A tortoise isn’t built for aquatic life, you can watch the video for a few quick facts on this differences. They’re all in the same family of course but diet and habitat have a lot to do with how they’re separated.

Now the world has all kinds of turtles and tortoises in it. One great way to identify the temperature that they originated from is by looking at the colors of their shells. A tortoise from a warmer climate will have a brighter colored shell than one from a colder climate.

Here’s a crazy fact for you, you know one of those useless tidbits of information that will stick in your brain forever but never really help you in life? Yeah, one of those. A tortoise smells through its throat. They have what’s called a vomeronasal or Jacobson’s Organ on the roof of their mouth’s. They push air past it through their mouths and nose to smell what the Rock is cookin’.

Well that’s it for this week, check out of quick facts vid and have a safe holiday and summer!

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