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Animal Ambassador Vlad is a Russian Tortoise

Russian Tortoise

Common Name: Russian Tortoise

Fun Attribute: We can live up to 100 years!

Favorite Foods: Herbivores: Feed on weeds and wild flowers

Status: Threatened

Activity Pattern: Diurnal

Life Span: 40 years

Habitat: Extremely hot or cold and dry, sandy regions

Native Region: Central Asia

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This is our cute little Russia TortoiseVlad is a Russian Tortoise. Russian tortoises are a threatened species. They have an amazing tolerance for temperature extremes. Their defense mechanism is to burrow and hibernate through cold weather. They can live up to 100 years! Russian tortoises’ calm, docile disposition makes them a favorite at any event. These vegetarians are voracious eaters, preferring weeds to big leafy plants.

Fun Facts About Russian Tortoise


A Russian Tortoise can weigh from 1/2 lb to 2-1/2 lbs.

Can be heavier than an iron.

Height or Length

A Typical Russian Tortoise is 5" to 10" long.

About the size of a brick.


Russian Tortoises are scruffy brown or black with some yellow.

Blends with sand and rocks.

Interesting Facts

Two Russian Tortoises were the first earth creatures to circle the moon!

Yes, they returned safely to earth!