Pancake Tortoise

(Malacochersus tornieri)

The Pancake Tortoise is native to Tanzania and Kenya. Pancake Tortoise run when they get scared, which is different to other tortoise species.

FUN FACTS

Animal Class: Reptile.

Distribution: Africa.

Habitat: Rocky areas and savannah grasslands.

Diet: Herbivores. Eat a wide range of plants, weeds, and flowers.

Appearance: Unlike other tortoise shells, it is flexible which makes them lighter and quicker than other tortoises.

Size: Up to 17cm long.

Lifespan: 30-40 years.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Critically Endangered

Population Trend

Decreasing

Threats

Habitat Degradation and Pet Trade

Population

Unknown

Did you know?

The shell of a Pancake Tortoise is light and flat which enables them to be good climbers and the fastest movers out of all the tortoise species. They can also squeeze into tight crevices between rocks.

See our Pancake Tortoise! 

Find our Pancake Tortoise’s in the Reptile House, near the entrance to the zoo.

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