IUCN red list status:
Critically Endangered

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African Pancake Tortoise

About the African Pancake Tortoise

The pancake tortoise is quite a different shape from other tortoises. The adult's shell is about 15cm long and only about 3cm high presenting a very flattened appearance, hence its name. The underside of the shell is very soft and flexible so that it can squeeze into crevices in times of danger.

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Their unique soft, flat shell helps them to evade predators by wedging themselves in to small spaces.