In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- A mammal such as a horse, that stands with its left and right feet close together, has to control transverse movements of its centre of mass much more precisely than a reptile such as a tortoise, that stands with its feet far apart.
- I held my breath as the dust cleared, and was relieved to see the tortoise lying fully retracted but unharmed.
- In addition, males are smaller than are females in most Testudinidae, particularly among European tortoises.
- But when 14-year-old Luke tried to tempt it out of its shell by feeding it lettuce, as common herbivorous tortoises are accustomed to eating, the creature snapped at his hand with such force he was lucky to escape with his fingers intact.
- But if no rains fall during the warm seasons and the tortoises don't get a chance to drink, they will enter hibernation dehydrated, malnourished, and with a bladder full of toxic waste.
- The strange tortoise's shell is flat underneath and not rounded at the belly as usual, he says.
- We'd stroke her feet and drum our fingers gently on her shell (the tortoise equivalent of a jockey's crop).
- A two-headed tortoise has come out of its shell in Dorset to find itself in the media spotlight.
- It was dropped by an eagle who was trying to crack open the tortoise's shell in order to eat it.
- For example, a tortoise is a herbivore and hibernates but a snake eats meat and needs to be kept warm all year.
- While desert predators, particularly ravens and coyotes, can't do much damage to adults, they can easily penetrate the shells of young tortoises.
- The herbivorous reptiles and tortoises had thrived until the arrival of man - and the rats that stowed away on his ships - because there had been no large predatory, carnivorous mammals for them to contend with.
- But the tugging tides of conservatism outlast most swells of enthusiasm and a series of setbacks conspired to drive London's orchestras furtively back into their shells, like Galapagos tortoises in a hurricane.
- Wild goats and pigs threaten the food supply of the magnificent Galapagos tortoises, and rats eat the eggs of birds and reptiles that have evolved without natural predators.
- The Iti National Park has wild goats, wild boars, deer, rodents, tortoises, reptiles, as well as an amazing variety of birds among which there are vultures, eagles, partridges, hoopoes, hawks, and owls.
- As the last two wives were passing, one of them stubbed her toe against the tortoise's shell and instantly let out a cry of pain.
- He was sentenced to a total of two months, suspended for a year, and banned from keeping a pet shop, reptiles or tortoises for ten years.
- Other characters included two long-suffering frogs called Ernie and Sylve, an heroic tortoise called Lewis Collins and a little white shell called Jim Morrison.
- Lizards, tortoises, salamanders and many other animals all move in this way, but it has disadvantages.
- Thankfully the fire crew didn't need to use their cutting equipment and managed to coax the tortoise out of his shell by poking around inside.
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