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tortoise

see turtle.
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The few dull- coloured birds cared no more for me than they did for the great tortoises.
It is said that formerly single vessels have taken away as many as seven hundred, and that the ship's company of a frigate some years since brought down in one day two hundred tortoises to the beach.
with the flesh on it, is very good; and the young tortoises make excellent soup; but otherwise the meat to my taste is indifferent.
2] Of sea- turtle I believe there are more than one species, and of tortoises there are, as we shall presently show, two or three species or races.
The tortoises which live on those islands where there is no water, or in the lower and arid parts of the others, feed chiefly on the succulent cactus.
It is, however, certain, that tortoises can subsist even on these islands where there is no other water than what falls during a few rainy days in the year.
The tortoises, when purposely moving towards any point, travel by night and day, and arrive at their journey's end much sooner than would be expected.
I believe it is well ascertained, that the bladder of the frog acts as a reservoir for the moisture necessary to its existence: such seems to be the case with the tortoise.
When a tortoise is caught, the man makes a slit in the skin near its tail, so as to see inside its body, whether the fat under the dorsal plate is thick.
There can be little doubt that this tortoise is an aboriginal inhabitant of the Galapagos; for it is found on all, or nearly all, the islands, even on some of the smaller ones where there is no water; had it been an imported species, this would hardly have been the case in a group which has been so little frequented.
KARACHI -- The wildlife department raided a bird market in Liaquatabad on Thursday and recovered 154 rare tortoises kept for illegal sale.
Bubby has a grand outdoors habitat as his new home, complete with a puddle pond (desert tortoises can't swim).