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ARGENTINE TORTOISE Chelonoidis chilensis
Tortoises are terrestrial turtles, they cannot swim and have feet adapted for locomotion on land - not flattened as in the turtles. There are two species of Tortoise found in Paraguay, though neither is easy to find. The Argentine Tortoise is the smallest of the two. Tortoises are vegetarians, feeding entirely on plant matter and using their bird-like "beak" to crop the most succulent shoots.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPREP22PH) Adult, Laguna Ganso, Cuenca de Upper Yacaré Sur (Hugo del Castillo February 2007).
FIGURE 2 - (FPREP23PH) Same individual from front (Hugo del Castillo February 2007).
FIGURE 3 - (FPREP24PH) Same individual dorsal view (Sylvia Centrón February 2007).
FIGURE 4 - (FPREP470PH) Adult in defensive posture dorsal, Estancia Mobil Center, 20km West of Madrejón, Departamento Alto Paraguay (Paul Smith November 2010).
FIGURE 5 - (FPREP471PH) Same individual defensive posture ventral (Paul Smith November 2010).
FIGURE 6 - (FPREP472PH) Same individual defensive posture frontal (Paul Smith November 2010).
FIGURE 7 - (FPREP473PH) Same individual defensive posture frontal (Paul Smith November 2010).
FIGURE 8 - (FPREP25PH) Juvenile, location unknown (Alberto Esquivel undated).
FIGURE 9 - (FPREP26PH) Juvenile, PN Tte Enciso, Departmento Boquerón (Paul Smith October 2009).
FIGURE 10 - (FPREP27PH) Dorsal view of juvenile defensive posture, PN Teniente Enciso (Paul Smith July 2006).
FIGURE 11 - (FPREP28PH) Ventral view of same specimen (Paul Smith July 2006).
VIDEO - (FPREP474VI) Adult, Fortín Boquerón, Deparamento Boquerón (Paul Smith November 2010).
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