The African Pancake Tortoise is named after its relatively
shell and flat body profile which allows it to
fit into narrow rock crevices in its native East Africa. It
can move faster than most tortoises and will prefer to run
to the protection of a crevice than to withdraw into the
shell, where possible.
The shell markings of the juveniles, above, are bold
The markings fade with age. The Pancake Tortoise is
threatened by habitat destruction and over-collection for
the pet trade.