African Pancake Tortoise
These tortoises can be recognised by their flattened shell - hence their name! Their shells grow to around 17cm in length but only 3cm high!
Size: Males 12 - 16cm Female 13 - 18cm
Weight: Males 200 - 500g Females 240 - 580g
This tortoise is found in the savannahs and rocky scrubland of Kenya and Tanzania. Its flattened shell allows it to hide from predators in rock crevices.
In the wild, African pancake tortoises feed on a variety of grasses, herb and succulents, but also occasionally on seeds or nuts.
Females will lay 1 egg at a time at varying intervals, which can be incubated for up to 6 months. Hatchlings are around 4cm in length.
Numbers of pancake tortoises are believed to have decreased by 80% in just 30 years. The illegal pet trade and habitat degradation are the main threats to this species. Our pancake tortoises are part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme, and bred for the first time in 2017.