"Tortoises are renowned for their lack of speed. They move at 0.21 to 0.48km/h when walking. Despite this, they can cover up to 6.4km in a day. How do they achieve such distances going at that speed? Well, like in the famous Aesop fable, The Hare and the Tortoise, they have astonishing willpower and staggering endurance."
In the wild, when a tortoise is healthy, he can live for an exceptionally long time – up to 150 years. Some have been recorded to live up to 250 years. A tortoise named Jonathan, currently owned by the Government of Saint Helena, hatched around the year 1832, making him about 186 years old. Another tortoise, Adwaita, who died in 2006, allegedly lived to the age of 255 years!
The most striking difference between a tortoise and turtle is the fact that turtles are able to swim underwater. Tortoises, however, can’t swim. But they can hold their breath for quite some time. Sometimes you’ll hear a tortoise exhaling before he disappears into his shell. This is because their lungs need to be empty for this. Some species have been recorded to hold their breath for over half an hour.
"Depending on the species and its size, a tortoise can travel anywhere between 300 meters to 100+ kilometres in a day. Giant tortoises are notoriously slow travelers while smaller, pet tortoises can travel much farther as pacing around is a natural behaviour for them."
CaptainJack wrote:If you have been following the news of the Great Team Tortoise Race, but have not participated in the month long challenge, we now offer you a speed run version in the final week of the month. You may have heard certain moderator hints throughout the month about the arrival of this task and now it’s finally arrived. The challenge will run from to . That gives most of the challenge participants 5 short days to accomplish one of the following goals. They are listed below along with their associated team banners so that you can show your mission across the site. You may record your reviews here as a log in the replies, but we will be keeping track of the reviews too. Choose your team and let the fun begin!
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