|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date Taken: 2010-05-16|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 21:58|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Unfortunately this tortoise was on the tar road and it just didn't move as it retracted into it's shell many times but eventually moved off the road into the bush too fast to get a better frontal shot.|
Enjoy and comments are welcome.
Tortoises or land turtles are land-dwelling reptiles of the family of Testudinidae, order Testudines. Like their marine cousins, the sea turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise has both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. Tortoises are usually diurnal animals with tendencies to be crepuscular depending on the ambient temperatures. They are generally reclusive animals.
There are many old wives tales about the age of turtles and tortoises, one of which being that the age of a tortoise can be deduced by counting the number of concentric rings on its carapace, much like the cross-section of a tree. This is not true, since the growth of a tortoise depends highly on the accessibility of food and water. A tortoise that has access to plenty of forage (or is regularly fed by its owner) will grow faster than a Desert Tortoise that goes days without eating.
Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years. Because of this, they symbolize longevity in some cultures, such as China. The oldest tortoise ever recorded, and one of the oldest individuals animal ever recorded, was Tu'i Malila, which was presented to the Tongan royal family by the British explorer Captain Cook shortly after its birth in 1777. Tui Malila remained in the care of the Tongan royal family until its death by natural causes on May 19, 1965. This means that upon its death, Tui Malila was 188 years old. The record for the longest-lived vertebrate is exceeded only by one other, a koi named Hanako whose death on July 17, 1977 ended a 226 year life span.
The Alipore Zoo in India was the home to Adwaita, which zoo officials claimed was the oldest living animal until its death on March 23, 2006. Adwaita (sometimes spelled with two d's) was an Aldabra Giant Tortoise brought to India by Lord Wellesley who handed it over to the Alipur Zoological Gardens in 1875 when the zoo was set up. Zoo officials state they have documentation showing that Adwaita was at least 130 years old, but claim that he was over 250 years old (although this has not been scientifically verified). Adwaita was said to be the pet of Robert Clive.
Harriet, a resident at the Australia Zoo in Queensland, was apocryphally thought to have been brought to England by Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle. Harriet died on June 23, 2006, just shy of her 176th birthday.
Timothy, a spur-thighed tortoise, lived to be approximately 165 years old. For 38 years she was carried as a mascot aboard various ships in Britain's Royal Navy. Then in 1892, at age 53 she retired to the grounds of Powderham Castle in Devon. Up to the time of her passing in 2004 she was believed to be the UK's oldest resident.
According to articles published by the Daily Mail and the Times in December 2008, Jonathan, a Seychelles Giant tortoise living on the island of St Helena may be as old as 176 or 178 years. If this is true, he could be the current oldest living animal on Earth.
Source - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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great capture, TFS Ori
Nice pic of this turtle with good clarity. Legs of this turtle are horny & the design on the shell is too good. TFS.
- [2010-12-04 22:40]
Hello Natley,excellent close-up shot of this slow moving tortoise with nice details and composition. TFS.
Great shot. We saw a few of these on my recent trip to Kruger, they only seemed to come out when it rained.
fine capture and really interesting note. You should try to photograph this tortoise again in 100 years, for all of us to see the difference in its growth :-)
Lovely capture of this magnificent Wet, creature! Good morning Natley! I love the nicely adjusted brightness/contrast and colors in this frame. Nice simple background which takes our attention strait in the presented specie! Bravo! However I think that if you chose a lower point of view in line with the tortoise the impact will be even more dramatic. That is my opinion only. Have a great Sunday Natley!
- [2010-12-05 1:57]
Very nice photo of this tortoise in beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness. Good composition and DOF.
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet par une bonne opposition sur l'arrière plan dans une lumière bien maitrisée et sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
this is a very sharpness picture of this beauty
great details and beautiful colours