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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "The Complete Mounted Skeleton and Shell of a Large African Leopard Tortoise"
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‘Geochelone Paradalis Babcocki’
The shell lifting to reveal the inner carapace and skeleton, mounted on an ebonised base
Late 19th Century
Size: 20cm high, 40 cm wide, 23cm deep – 8 ins high, 16 ins wide, 9 ins deep
The shape of a tortoises or turtles shell reflects its way of life. Terrestrial species have a high domed shell that is difficult for predators to bite or crush, and aquatic species have a low streamlined carapace that helps them slip easily through water.