Hawksbill Turtle
February 13, 2016
Pancake Tortoise
February 13, 2016
Scientific name:
Dipsochelys dussumieri
Identification:
This is the one of the largest land tortoise although Galapagos tortoise may be larger. Large size may be due to the lack of predation and isolation over many thousands of year. The male 's carapace length four feets (1.22 metres) and their weight may 250 kg. The female's carapace may measure three feet (91 cm) and weight 150 kg. The male has concave plastron. They are dark grey to black in colour with a highly domed, thick carapace. They have long necks, for gathering of food.
Habitat:
Are found in scrub, mangrove swamp and coastal dunes.
Food:
Mainly grazers and browsers that feed on grasses and woody plants. However, they eat meat when it is available and possibly even eat the carcasses of dead tortoise. They may also eat feces.
Reproduction:
Females carry the eggs for about ten weeks, after which period they buried in the ground. Clutch size is 9 - 25 eggs. Incubation is about four months, females may nest twice in one season. Full growth appears to be reached at about 25 years of age.
Longevity:
100 years can reach in their life span.

This are the one of the  largest land tortoise although the Galapagos tortoise may be larger. Large Size may be due to the lack of predation and isolation over many thousands of years.