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Pancake Tortoise

Post  Admin on Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:51 am

Pancake Tortoise
Scientific Name: Malacochersus tornieri

Pancake tortoises possess one of the most unusual survival adaptations within Chelonian species. Instead of the usual rounded shell, the Pancake has a flattened shell and non-rigid, hinge less plastron and fenestration in its skeletal structure. In contrast to most chelonians, the Pancake tortoise has no natural defences other than its ability to stay hidden in the many rocks with their nooks, crannies and crevices .The Pancake tortoise, has evolved to take advantage of this the Pancake's flat shell and extreme agility allow it to flip itself over quickly when it lands on its back, a handy ability to possess for a tortoise that spends most of its time climbing around on boulders and rocky hills. There Individual, unique patterns of alternating radiating cream and brown bars on the carapacial scutes help the tortoises blend into their surroundings extremely well. If foraging when startled they will literally run for rocky outcrops; they are considered the fastest moving tortoise of all tortoise species because of their lighter skeletal structure.


Natural habitat
Pancake tortoises occur naturally in Tanzania and Kenya, Africa. Due to their locality-specific physical adaptations, they are in particular peril from habitat destruction and over collection within their natural range. As previously mentioned, they live in dry areas of scrub brush on rocky hills or outcroppings.


Housing
Malacochersus is a non-hibernating species that has no tolerance for consistently damp or high-humidity environments, or cold and damp conditions imposed by outdoor weather here in the UK.
The Pancake Tortoise requires a fairly warm environment with various temperatures throughout their enclosure. You can use heating elements such as ceramic heaters and incandescent light bulbs to achieve this. If you live in a warm, dry climate it is best to house them outside when weather permits. You should also provide hiding areas for each tortoise that you own. Pancake Tortoises are most active in the morning and near dusk, and ideally should be fed in the early morning. Pancakes inhabit can be located from 100 to 6000 feet in altitude. This variation in altitude means that Pancake tortoises have to be able to adapt to a range of temperatures. Average temperatures tend to fall around 26 to 32 C., but can fall as low as 12 C, DAY TEMP: you want to aim for temps around 80- 90F (26.6 - 32.2 C) I personally do give a drop in temps in the winter months which I average around- 70 - 80 F ( 21 - 26.6 C). Also provide a full-spectrum fluorescent light for UVB. A UVB source is necessary for Vitamin D3 synthesis (needed in calcium metabolism). A mercury vapor bulb may be used that fulfils all requirements. Place any shelter away from the basking spot to allow the animal a cooler dim retreat.
,DIET: The Pancake tortoise is an herbivore. Dry grasses and vegetation make up the bulk of a Pancake tortoise's diet in the wild. In captivity they eat much the same things. Grasses (timothy, bermuda); leafy greens like dandelion, clover, Romaine or other deep green lettuces, grape leaves, mulberry leaves; weeds like plantain, sow thistle, vetch, ajuga, and dandelion; Opuntia cactus pads; and non-pesticide lavatera, nasturtium, hibiscus and rose blooms. Additional calcium supplementation is essential. Powdered calcium can be sprinkled on all foods at each feeding. Provision of a cuttlefish bone, which can be gnawed if desired, is also recommended.
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Post  Stephan9268 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:54 am

Thank you just the info i needed Wink
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Post  Admin on Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:55 am

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