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  • n. Plural form of tortoise.


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  • Population genetic analyses revealed that one tortoise sampled on Isabela Island is clearly a first-generation hybrid between the native tortoises from the islands of Isabela and Pinta.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • He was immediately brought into captivity at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz, where he is housed with two female tortoises from a species found on the neighboring island of Isabela.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Are the native giant tortoises from the Seychelles really extinct?

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Normally in tortoises, the channel connecting the external naris to the olfactory chamber is short and sub-horizontal, and the olfactory chamber is also short, and open to the connecting channel.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Now, I’m not quite enough of a nerd to be able to say whether this constitutes literature (I don’t know if they started off as a comic book or an animated cartoon) but it’s worth mentioning them as the little blighters responsible for a global increase in tortoises and turtles as pets.

    Lizards in literature « Write Anything

  • My renewed recent interest in the members of Testudines (and, oh no, you can’t call them Chelonia anymore …) led me, in between writing about obscure English sauropods, to dig around on a hard drive for the following text on giant tortoises from the Indian Ocean.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • The other guys - the ones with legs and feet and claws are called tortoises, and live mostly on land...


  • Indeed, the sole superiority of Oberlus over the tortoises was his possession of a larger capacity of degradation; and along with that, something like an intelligent will to it.

    The Piazza Tales

  • But his soldiers, “protected from missiles by movable pent-houses, called tortoises, gradually filled up the deep and wide ditch round the town, so as to open a level road for his engines (rolling towers of wood) to come up close to the walls.”

    Ancient States and Empires

  • When you write "turtles" I guess we are talking about "land turtles" or what we (I) call tortoises?

    Toytown Germany - Germany feed


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