How long does a tortoise live?



  • Tortoise belongs to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • They come under class Reptilia and order Testudines.
  • Tortoise are said to be the reptile species of family testudinidae.
  • The size of tortoise can vary depending upon its species, some species can grow up to or even more than 1.2 meter whereas some can be of 6-8 cm in size.
  • Tortoise are found to be placid in nature with very slow moving ability with the speed of 0.2-0.5 km per hour.
  • Majority of the land based tortoise are said to be as herbivores, surviving on grasses, weeds, green flower and fruits in general.
  • However, some species of tortoise are found be omnivorous type of animal.
  • Tortoise can communicate to other tortoises through a method known as tactile communication. Tactile communication stands for a type of communication in which there is no verbal communication, instead it depends on touching or feeling.

How long does a tortoise live?

  • Tortoise are one of the most long-lived animal of reptile family.
  • The average life span of tortoise can range from 50 years to 100 years. However, there are some exceptional cases where, tortoises were found to exceed 100 years also.
  • The diet of tortoise can prove a way for it to live longer life.
  • The main reason behind the long life of tortoise is estimated that it has low metabolic rate with slow activity making it possible to live longer life.

Fun Facts:

  1. Did you know, tortoise can live on Earth at almost all continent except Antarctica.
  2. Do you know, a group of a tortoise is termed as “Creep”.
  3. Tortoise are very unique animal, they are known to smell through their throat.

Related Questions:

  1. What are the characteristic features of tortoise?
  2. Who all are the predator of tortoise?
  3. What is the function of the shell of the tortoise?

True or False:

  1. Tortoise belongs to the phylum Annelida.
  2. Tortoise belong to the family of birds.
  3. Tortoise are found to be only carnivorous in nature.
  4. Tortoise can range from 110 cm in size up to 200 cm in size.
  5. Tortoise is one of the most long living animals.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Tortoise belong to the _________.
    1. Phylum Chordata.
    2. Phylum Annelida.
    3. Phylum Squamata.
    4. Phylum Reptilia.
  2. Tortoise are found to be _______ in nature.
    1. Placid.
    2. Active.
    3. Happy.
    4. None of the above.
  3. Tortoise is the member of _______ family.
    1. Anura.
    2. Reptilia.
    3. Mammalia.
    4. None if the above.
  4. Tortoise can communicate by _________ method.
    1. Tactile communication.
    2. Verbal communication.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  5. Tortoise are found to be ________ type of animal.
    1. Herbivorous.
    2. Omnivorous.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. Only 1).

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