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The secretive Home's hinge-back tortoise has adapted its behaviour to tolerate the high heats of its tropical environment. Overheating is a real risk, and so the tortoise rests and moves in the shade to avoid accumulating heat (6). When water is not available, Home's hinge-back tortoise may bury itself below ground and emerge again when the rains come (5). Home's hinge-back tortoise is omnivorous, consuming both animal and plant food, which is located using their sense of smell as they make straight, darting jabs with their head (2). Oval, brittle-shelled eggs are laid and incubated for at least five months. The tiny hatchlings, less than five centimetres long, have flattened, brown carapaces, with no hinge (2).

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