Tortoise helping a friend and Tortoise fun facts!

After a tortoise got himself into a difficult situation, his friend decided to give him a helpful push (scroll down to watch the video). These are sulcata tortoises, and they are a lot smarter than you might think. The one on its back is a male, which you can tell by the way it is dished out on the bottom.

Tortoise Fun Facts:

The African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata), also called the sulcata tortoise, is a species of tortoise, which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. It is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise not found on an island and the only species in the genus Centrochelys.

Sulcata tortoises are herbivores. Primarily, their diets consist of many types of grasses and plants, high in fiber and very low in protein. Feeding of fruit should be avoided.

So what’ the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? One easy way to tell ’em apart: look at their feet and shells. Water turtles have flippers or webbed feet with long claws, and their shells are flatter and more streamlined. Tortoises have stubby, elephant-like feet and heavier, domed shells.

Tortoises live for a LONG time, Charles Darwin is said to have collected a female tortoise and named her Harriet back in 1835. She was sent to England and eventually wound up at Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin’s parents. She finally passed on in 2006. That means she was at least 171 years old, wow!

Enough tortoise fun facts, check out the video below!