Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri

The pancake tortoise is named for its flat and flexible shell, which helps it escape predators. The tortoise is able to squeeze into small crevices and hold on tight. By rotating the front limbs and digging it with its claws, the tortoise is very difficult for a predator to pry out.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 5.5 to 6.5 in
heightHeight: Rocky outcrops
weightWeight: 1 lb
dietDiet: Grasses, leaves, and fruit
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)