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A South American yellow-footed tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) at the Kansas City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Volcan Alcedo tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Six-month-old Greek tortoises (the large one is Testudo marginata, and the smaller one is testudo graeca) at Parco Natura in Bussolengo, Italy.

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Baby tortoise at Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo, Italy.

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Six-month-old Greek tortoises (the large one is Testudo marginata, and the smaller one is testudo graeca) at Parco Natura in Bussolengo, Italy.

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Baby tortoises at Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo, Italy.

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South Morocco spur thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca soussensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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South Morocco spur thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca soussensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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South Morocco spur thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca soussensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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South Morocco spur thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca soussensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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South Morocco spur thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca soussensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Volcan wolf Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra becki). This is a juvenile female tortoise named Isabela.

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A Volcan wolf Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra becki). This is a juvenile female tortoise named Isabela.

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An endangered (IUCN) elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) from the Assam State Zoo. This could be described as a new subspecies once genetic work is done.

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An endangered (IUCN) elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) from the Assam State Zoo. This could be described as a new subspecies once genetic work is done.

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Close up of a Vulnerable (IUCN) Russian tortoise (Testudo horsfieldii).

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Balkan Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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Balkan Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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A Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Balkan Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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A male, Western hinge-back tortoise (Kinixys belliana nogeuyi) named Harvey at the Brevard Zoo.

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A male, Western hinge-back tortoise (Kinixys belliana nogeuyi) named Harvey at the Brevard Zoo.

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A critically endangered ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Two critically endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Two critically endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) at Zoo Atlanta.

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A vulnerable golden Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca terrestris) at Pet Paradise.

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A vulnerable golden Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca terrestris) at Pet Paradise.

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South American red-footed tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) from a private collection in the Dominican Republic. Species listed as vulnerable.

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