The pancake tortoise gets its name from its thin, flat, and flexible shell. The pancake tortoise is thought to be the fastest tortoise and the best climber, due to the lightness of its shell. When in danger, the tortoise uses its speed and flexibility to get away from danger by scurrying away and hiding in crevices. The pancake tortoise spends much of its time sheltered among the rocks. Pancake tortoises are very social and get along well in a group, as long as there is enough food for all. As many as ten tortoises have been found sharing the same crevice between rocks. The wild population of pancake tortoises is declining due to collection for the pet trade.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Hungry Jack- 5/16/19