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Burying turtle

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Burying turtle (Terrachelonia semiglobosa)
Group: Turtles (Testudinata)
Family: Pelomedusidae
Habitat: the woods and bushes of New Tortuga, except for districts with the stony soil.
In fauna of turtles of New Tortuga there are the specialized herbivorous form, a predator, water, and even climbing species. "Intervals" between their ecological niches, however, aren't empty. There is on the island one more species of the terrestial turtles which hasn't been specialized in the relation of a diet, and meets practically in all available habitats. This is the burying turtle, one of small species of the turtles living on New Tortuga.
The shape of this reptile gives out in it the typical land inhabitant. The flattened shell of natatorial ancestors at this specimen got a dome-shaped form (almost semi-spherical), having kept smoothness of outlines. Length of the shell of this species is about 40 cm. It is linked to features of protective strategy of this species of reptiles. Among predators dangerous to an adult turtle, on the island only sluggish cheloniraptor is found. His jaws are rather strong to bite off the head or a paw to a turtle of the small size. However the burying turtle escapes from it rather simply – it simply starts being dug in to the earth, and before approach of a predator manages to bury so deeply that on a surface of the earth there is only a dome of its shell. Shell surface is smooth, and it doesn't allow a predator to strike a bite – jaws of a predatory turtle simply slide on the shell. In attempt to dig out or turn it the burying turtle only is dug in and "anchored" in the earth by paws more deeply. On a way of protection this turtle is similar to armadillos and echidnas of an era of the man, but digs the earth much more slowly.
On paws of this turtle grow thick claws, and bones of extremities are reinforced, with large crests and poles for a muscles attachment. The head on a short neck is wide and flat. The shell of a burying turtle is painted in light yellow color with a black pattern in the form of dispersing beams on each mail.
The burying turtle doesn't compete with other species of turtles of the island thanks to the "specializations to not specialization". It is an omnivorous reptile which eats any food of a vegetable or animal origin. It eats mushrooms, sprouts of grassy plants, leaves. Often this reptile digs out juicy and nutritious rhizomes of perennial herbs. Among food of an animal origin the burying turtle eats drop. Also it is the largest species on the island which can ruin nests of other species of turtles. If opportunity is represented, this reptile ruins nests of the birds nesting on the ground.
Two times a year the female lays in a deep nest to 8 – 11 spherical eggs. Adult animals don't care of posterity, and young turtles independently dig an exit outside from depth of 30 - 40 cm. Thanks to such depth of a nest of a laying of a burying turtle remain much better. Young turtles reach a sexual maturity at the age of 12 – 14 years. Life expectancy of these reptiles reaches 100 – 120 years.
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Ursumeles's avatar
Wow!The turtle in the background is fantastic!
Leggurm's avatar
Climbing Turtles? The Future is Awesome.
JWArtwork's avatar
Wow, this looks great, really realistic! :omfg:
JWArtwork's avatar
You deserve it! :)
Vampyric-Saiyaness's avatar
Nawww!! That's super cute!!
LlolaLane's avatar
THANK YOU AlexSone... for approving "Burying turtle" to our NEW DAZimals Group :)
bhut's avatar
Yay! This is neat!
electreel's avatar
Wow, incredible, it almost looks like a real picture! :omfg: That turtle at the background, is it a Cheloniraptor?
AlexSone's avatar
Yeah! I have made it usind the Sauron's drawing as a sample.
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