The tortoise is a reptile that lives on land. South Africa has 13 species of tortoise and eight are found in the Western Cape alone.
Tortoises are very slow, so they struggle to move away from danger when crossing busy roads or when there is a fire. The geometric tortoise is endangered, which means it is at risk of becoming extinct (dying out). It eats very specific plants, so when farmers use a tortoise’s home for farming, it can’t find the food it needs.
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