Be cute and educate! Highfive! 


Turtles are great.

They have full colour eyesight, great hearing and a keen sense of smell and touch. Their shells have feeling because of nerve endings, and are made up of around 50 bones.

The little guy above is a Speckled Padloper, the smallest tortoise in the world. They are native to South Africa and are distinguished by their speckles, and by five toes on their front feet where other padlopers tend to have four.

Cute as they are, they are not well suited to captivity. Illegal poaching for the pet trade is a big threat.