The Russian tortoise is also known by several other names, including Afghan tortoise, Central Asian tortoise, Hordfield's tortoise, four-clawed tortoise, and steppe tortoise. There are a threatened species due to human activities. They can spend up to nine months in dormancy.
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||Agrionemys horsfieldii|
|WHERE IN THE WILD?||Central Asia|
|WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
||Lettuce, plantains, leafy greens|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||Up to 50 YEARS|
|FUN FACT||In 1968, two Russian tortoises flew to the Moon, circled it, and returned safely to Earth on the Russian Zond 5 mission. They were among the first Earth creatures to travel to the Moon.|