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The anatomy of a Tortoise is basically the same as for a turtle. To visit the turtle anatomy pages,CLICK HERE
Tails. One of the most helpful characteristics
Carapace. In some species the shape of the carapace is distinctive-
Plastron- Indent. Another almost universal characteristic.
Plastron- Gular Scutes.
Plastron- Anal Scutes. (Some species)
Tortoises 101 Page 3
Tortoises are not domestic or tame, but they are remarkably indifferent to the presence of humans. They do not seem to have any fear of people; some even seek them out for attention. Some like to have their heads patted, others enjoy having their necks scratched where they meet their plastron.
In most species of tortoises, the most common sexual characteristics are:
Size and color.
Sexing your Tortoise
There are certain characteristics that most male tortoises share, but many species have a few that are unique to them. Please note that it is usually impossible to accurately sex a tortoise before it is sexually mature.