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Chaco Tortoise
The Chaco tortoise is a native of the chaco regions of Argentina and Paraguay. Their habitat is dry, desert scrubland, savannas, thorn and scrub bush and deciduous woodlands.

Bell's Hingeback Tortoise
Hingeback tortoises are relatively small tortoises that live throughout sub-saharan Africa. There are many different species of hingeback turtles. They are often caught in the wild and offered in pet shops. They get their name from their distinctive shell.

Red-foot Tortoise
A close relative of the yellow-foot tortoise, the red-foot is found in tropical South America, including some of the Caribbean Islands. The shells often have the tapering that gives the appearance of a waistline or an hourglass when viewed from above. Adult males average length is 13.25 inches.

Yellow-foot Tortoise
The yellow-foot and his cousin have some interesting tastes in food. They include: carrion, snails ants and termites, mushrooms, sand, soil, and tortoise feces. Due to major slash and burn projects in the jungles, these tortoises are venturing out into the grasslands.

African Spurred Tortoise
Their home range is the hottest, driest areas in Africa; a band across most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert. Some of these areas may not get rainfall for years. They dig and live in burrows that can be over 20 feet long. These are the third largest tortoises in the world.

Egyptian Tortoise
The Egyptian tortoise is the smallest species of tortoise inhabiting the northern hemisphere. It has a habitat limited to a narrow range of coastal desert in the southeastern Mediterranean Basin from Libya to Israel. They never venture further than 45 miles inland. Typically they use rodent burrows for shelter but they do not excavate their own.

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Turtle Calls Courtesy of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club