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1. (Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order testudinata.

The term is applied especially to the land and fresh water species, while the marine species are generally called turtles, but the terms tortoise and turtle are used synonymously by many writers. See testudinata, terrapin, and Turtle.

2. Same as testudo. Box tortoise, land tortoise, etc. See Box, Land, etc. Painted tortoise.

Any one of numerous species of small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a brilliant metallic luster. The larvae feed upon the leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and allied plants. Tortoise plant.

(Science: botany) The hawkbill turtle. See Hawkbill.

Origin: OE. Tortuce, fr. OF. Tortis crooked, fr. L. Tortus isted, crooked, contorted, p.p. Of torquere, tortum, to wind; cf. F. Tortue tortoise, LL. Tortuca, tartuca, Pr. Tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. So called in allusion to its crooked feet. See Torture.

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Maximum Life Span of Animals, Fishes and Birds.

... are may differ, but the reason they are at these set levels is often a result of reproductive capabilities. Animals with few predators such as tortoises or animals on secluded islands with few or no predators such as new zealand's tuatara generally have longer life spans because they retain ...

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... is also of course the fact that without predators the beautiful herbivores we have today would never have evolved. They would all look more like tortoises without shells.

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by animartco
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... based around 'chelonia' wouldn't it? Chelonidist perhaps? Good word anyway to be fair. Don't forget the difference between Turtles, Terrapins and Tortoises. Could make a difference, though I doubt there are very many sea turtle keepers anywhere...

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Urgent.... Please help...

... endangered so I wonder how on Earth you got one in the first place... EDIT: Whoops, just found out that US English lumps Turtles, Terrapins and Tortoises all together...apologies.

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animal with the longest lifespan

... stress it and shorten that span)? It can be done with large animals in a semi-confined space (like elephants in a national park, or Galapagos tortoises), but how would you do it with, say, a monkey, or a swordfish, or a pond turtle? The lifespans you find in lists are largely anecdotal. Kind ...

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