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2009-08-05 11:31:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rene Soliz of Alice, Texas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, to serve three years of supervised probation, 250 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine for violating the Lacey Act by attempting to receive 15 Tanzanian leopard tortoises that were transported into the United States, the Justice Department announced. Prior to his sentencing and as part of a plea agreement with the government, Soliz...

2008-12-04 12:29:55

Jonathan, a 176-year-old tortoise living on the British territory of St. Helena, routinely mates with three young female tortoises, officials say. A St. Helena tourist board spokesman said Jonathan is an active animal senior, The Sun said Thursday. He lives in the grounds of Plantation House -- the governor's residence -- with five much younger tortoises, including three females, the spokesman said, referring to the Jamestown site where Jonathan resides. He feeds on the grass of the main...


Latest Leopard tortoise Reference Libraries

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2006-12-26 16:20:13

The Leopard Tortoise, Geochelone pardalis, is a large, grazing tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats in the west of Africa from Sudan to South Africa. On average, they are about 16 to 18 inches long and weigh 40 to 50 pounds, although some reach up to 24 inches and 70 pounds. They generally have a life span of 50 years. It is brown and yellow. This is one of the few tortoises that actually swim. Truly it will run along the bottom of a shallow area. These...

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2006-12-26 16:16:57

The African Spurred Tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, is a species of tortoise which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. Coming as they do from the southern Sahara, they are well adapted to hot, dry climates. They derive most of their moisture from their diet, and they regulate their temperature and humidity needs by retreating into burrows. The African Spurred Tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 18 inches in shell...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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