The Pancake Tortoise is a flat-shelled tortoise most commonly found in Tanzania. Its name is derived from the shape of its shell, which is shaped like a pancake. Unlike most tortoises, its shell is flat, flexible, and provides the tortoise very little defense against predators. For protection, the Pancake Tortoise hides in small crevices, which it can easily do due to the flat shape of its shell.
2. Aldabra Giant Tortoise
The Aldabra Giant Tortoise, from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Some individual Aldabra Giant Tortoises are thought to be over 200 years of age, but this is difficult to verify because they tend to outlive their human observers.
3. Red-footed Tortoise & Arrau River Turtle
The Red-footed tortoise is a tortoise native to South America and popular as a pet. It draws its name from the red or orange scales visible on its limbs, as well as its head and tail.
The Arrau River Turtle occurs in the Amazon and Orinoco drainage basins of South America. It is an entirely aquatic species. Only mature females emerge from the water in order to nest on sanbanks and sandy beaches.
Hermann's tortoises are small to medium sized tortoises that come from southern Europe. Young animals, and some adults, have attractive black and yellow patterned carapaces, although the brightness may fade with age to a less distinct gray, straw or yellow coloration.
5. Leatherback Turtle
Issued by Bequia, Grenadines of St. Vincent on 10th Dec 2001
The leatherback turtle is the largest of all living sea turtles. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh. Leatherback turtles can dive to depths as great as 4,200 feet (1,280 metres).
The European Pond turtle is found in southern and central Europe, West Asia and North Africa. It lives in and around slow-flowing water and hibernates for up to seven months of the year at the bottom of the water.