typhlonectes:

Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise (Kinixys homeana)

… derives its common name from the unique, moveable ‘hinge’ at the rear of its elongated carapace (upper shell) which allows the tortoise to cover up its rear legs and tail when threatened. This species, along with others in the genus Kinixys, are the only tortoises in the world to possess this unusual structure. 

Photograph by Tomas Diagne 

(via:

Turtle Survival Alliance)

insatiabletraveler:

Face to face with a leopard tortoise in South Africa. I pretty handsome fellow I think. There is a legend in SA that when a tortoise crosses the road it’s going to rain. As luck would have it, he WAS crossing a road and wouldn’t you know it, after weeks of drought it rained an hour later. I guess Some legends are true! ~ taken while on safari at @molorisafari Lodge in Madikwe.

How amazing is that! Always knew we torties had magical powers. Zoya says there’s another legend that says if a tortoise is allowed to roam a yard, no dandelions will be present once they are gone.

mmnjug:

regram @localoceantrust
In #Watamu the vast majority of the #turtle nests hatch at #night so that the hatchlings have the best chance of #survival. If they hatched in daylight they would be easy prey for #crabs, #birds, #fish and pretty much anything else looking for a quick #snack. The hatchlings #instinct drives them to head to the brightest light, which should be the moonlight reflecting off the water. So as not to confuse the hatchlings, only #red light is used during our night time #beach patrols because #turtles can’t see red light!
#sealife #ocean #conservation #kenya #africa #marinebiology #babyanimals #reptile

turtleconservancy:

A Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) practicing its rock climbing skills. This small agile species has a soft shell that allows it to wedge itself in the cracks of rocky outcroppings. Unfortunately it is being uplisted to Critically Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat destruction and the pet trade.

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

apardavila:

A century-old turtle at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage (Photos taken on Aug 12, 2013).

Kim Around the World ☮: MIALA NENINA

Kim Around the World ☮: MIALA NENINA