Russian Tortoise Russian Tortoise

Russian Tortoise

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.

FAST FACTS
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.
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