typhlonectes:

This
Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) might look like he’s stuck
between a rock and a hard place, but he knows what he’s doing!

This
curious species gets its name from its flat-as-a-pancake shell that it
expands to wedge itself into rock crevices in order to evade predators.
It’s a great defense against natural predation.

Unfortunately this
species is still Critically Endangered, as that flat shell doesn’t work
to protect it against habitat destruction and collection for the pet
trade. We currently have an assurance colony of this species at out
conservation center with the hope that one day we won’t have to.

via:
Turtle Conservancy

Now these are some sweet moves

courtnashe:

Wanna see something cool @wheremyscalesslither @the-awkward-turt @turtlessuggest

Whoa! Tiny pancake tortie coming soon! 

What @courtnashe is doing is called ‘Candling’ the egg. This is how you distinguish a viable egg from one that isn’t going to turn into a tiny baby turtle or tort! Shining a bright pinpoint light behind the egg, if it is fertilized you will see a shadow on the egg, a spot that will become a tiny baby shell friend! Within a week you’ll begin to see a larger, rounder, more tortie like shape in the egg! With more time, more of the little creature inside will be visible and eventually, like here, they’ll be waving Hi from inside the egg!!  Around 66 ish days that little turt or tort will push through the shell and enter the world ready for domination. How awesome is that?!

THIS IS SO COOL! We can’t wait to meet virtually meet you tiny pancake friend!!! Thanks for sharing this awesomeness @courtnashe !

Friends! Have you seen the adorable pancake tortoises  @courtnashe  has shared with us? Well, she has created an incredibly well-researched care sheet for those looking to care for Pancake tortoises!

Pancake Tortoise Care Sheet  http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/pancake-care-sheet.159222/

Finding a quality care sheet based on well-researched information and experience is vital to raising a happy and healthy tort. Check this care sheet out and share it with anyone caring for or looking to care for pancake tortoises!

In related news: 

We are starting a master list of quality care sheets! There’s an incredible amount of bad information out there on how to care for turtles and torts and sadly that information seems to be what’s most accessible and most frequently put in the hands of first-time owners.  So, let’s band together and create a place where you can find quality care sheets on as many species of turtles and tortoises as possible!  

If you know of a quality, thorough, and well-researched care sheet for a particular species of turtle or tortoise send them along! We’re trying to verify the quality of information of everything we put on the list so all input is helpful. If you’re interested in helping out with this project, please message as well!

typhlonectes:

Turtle Conservancy:

The
Critically Endangered Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) gets
its name from its flat and relatively soft shell which it expands to
wedge itself in rock crevices in order to avoid predators. Unfortunately
this East African species cannot escape habitat destruction and
collection for the pet trade. We currently have an assurance colony of
this species at out conservation center with the hope that one day we
won’t have to.