Broken Tortoise Shell

It is common for the shell of a tortoise, in the wild, to show signs of everyday chips and knocks, both on the upper shell (carapace) and the lower shell (plastron).

Leopard Tortoise

Sometimes a tortoise has an accident to its shell. The shell becomes chipped, cracked, or broken. It can happen because of a car accident, a fall, a fallen log, or a predator.

A broken shell can take 1-2 years to heal naturally. 

Leopard Tortoise
Leopard Tortoise
Leopard Tortoise

Location of photographs: Kenya

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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