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  Tortoise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As with its aquatic cousins, the turtle and the terrapin, the tortoise is shielded from predators by a shell.
The oldest tortoise ever recorded, indeed the oldest individual animal ever recorded, was Tui Malila, who was presented to the Tongan royal family by the British explorer Captain Cook, in either 1773 or 1777 (the exact date is not known).
Another tortoise has laid claim to be the oldest creature ever: The Alipore zoo in India was the home to Adwaitya, which zoo officals claimed was the oldest living creature until its death on Thursday, March 23, 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tortoise   (580 words)

 Tortoise (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tortoise is an instrumental rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1990.
Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization, and the group gained significant attention from their early career.
Tortoise was among the first American indie rock bands to incorporate styles closer to Krautrock, dub, minimalism, electronica and various jazz styles, rather than the standard rock and roll and punk that had dominated indie rock for years.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tortoise_(band)   (520 words)

 The History of Rock Music. Tortoise: biography, discography, reviews, links
Tortoise were formed in 1991 thanks to the initiative of drummer and keyboard player John Herndon (ex Poster Children and also in 5ive Style) along with bassist Doug McCombs (ex Eleventh Dream Day).
Tortoise's instrumental music constitutes one of the most important chapters of modern day rock, and breaks forth from a rock background (Squirrel Bait, Slint, Bastro, Bitch Magnet, etc) that by now should be considered one of the most significant chapters of rock history.
In pratica, i Tortoise sono semplicemente una grossa sezione ritmica immersa in uno scenario di musica elettronica.
www.scaruffi.com /vol5/tortoise.html   (4371 words)

In the Himalayan Buddhist astrological context, the tortoise is an aspect of Manjushri.
This tortoise, one of the celestial emblems, is the symbol of longevity and wisdom.
The union of the Tortoise and the Snake engenders the universe.
www.khandro.net /animal_tortoise.htm   (1106 words)

 Gopher Tortoise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Therefore, the tortoise is able to turn around at any point within the burrow, and consequently, burrow width is a good indicator of the size (and approximate age) of the tortoise.
Tortoises living on proposed development sites are sometimes moved (or "relocated") to another area; however, this can result in the spread of disease and may disrupt resident tortoise populations.
Tortoises used in the races were removed from their natural habitats and if released, were rarely returned to their original location.
www.gophertortoisecouncil.org /tortoise.htm   (2089 words)

 Disease and Desert Tortoise Demographics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Tortoises were placed in three groups based on time of capture: (1) tortoises captured during the first census, (2) tortoises captured during the second census, and (3) tortoises captured during both the first and second censuses.
Tortoises with cutaneous dyskeratosis may be more vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections, other diseases, and predation because of the thin scutes and loss of laminae.
Captive tortoises are implicated in the spread of this disease to wild populations of both desert and gopher tortoises, G.
www.tortoise-tracks.org /publications/berry1.html   (6074 words)

 Desert Tortoise wildlife information - DesertUSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Desert Tortoise is an herbivore that may attain a length of 9 to 15 inches in upper shell (carapace) length.
The tortoise is able to live where ground temperature may exceed 140 degrees F because of its ability to dig underground burrows and escape the heat.
Tortoises north and west of the Colorado River inhabit valleys and on alluvial fans.
www.desertusa.com /june96/du_tort.html   (1276 words)

 Tortoise Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In fact, your tortoise may not attempt to dig a burrow or, because of the caliche layers and compaction, the tortoise may not be able to dig to an adequate depth.
The place the tortoise chooses to dig may not be safe or healthy, such as where the soil is damp, against a fence, or under a woodpile that may collapse.
Tortoises tend to dig under such things, allowing the roof to settle and pin down the tortoise or allowing the supports to tip over and obstruct the channel.
www.tortoisegroup.org /yard.html   (3441 words)

 Gopher Tortoise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The shell of the tortoise (and all turtles) is an outgrowth of the skeleton and is their major means of protection.
Gopher tortoises use a variety of upland habitats that are common in central Florida, including scrub, pine flatwoods, and the dune along the beach.
Tortoise racing was also popular years ago, but the animals were rarely returned to their original home ranges after the races were over.
www.nbbd.com /godo/ef/gtortoise   (2164 words)

 California Turtle and Tortoise Club's Desert Tortoise Care Sheet
It is cruel and inhumane to tether a tortoise by the legs or by holes drilled in the shell.
Tortoises have a high calcium requirement: occasionally sprinkle the food with calcium carbonate or offer a calcium-rich source such as boiled chicken eggshells or cuttlefish bone for them to eat.
Tortoises are susceptible to respiratory ailments, such as the Upper Respiratory Tract Disease that has decimated the wild population in California and Nevada.
www.tortoise.org /general/descare.html   (1811 words)

 Galapagos Tortoise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The tortoise retires at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, spending the cool night half submerged in mud or water or burrowed into dense brush.
Tortoises have symbiotic relationships with other animals, such as between the tortoise and the finch.
The Galapagos tortoise is a generalized herbivore feeding on grasses, vines, cactus fruit, and other vegetation.
www.honoluluzoo.org /galapagos_tortoise.htm   (427 words)

 Tortoise: Standards: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It seems remarkably appropriate that Tortoise, perhaps the most vital architects of the post-rock genre, would be responsible for its greatest advancement since its inception.
As the fucked up American flag on the record's cover suggests, Tortoise has taken this record as an opportunity to revisit an entire history of American music-- from jazz through dance and electronica-- and reshape it into an permutation of their own.
Whereas most of the tracks on TNT were written in the studio, and often fell victim to a high aimless noodling factor, the band composed most of Standards ahead of time, and as a result, "Blackjack," along with the other nine songs on the album, are beautifully structured, and develop flawlessly from beginning to end.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/t/tortoise/standards.shtml   (860 words)

 Splendid E-zine reviews: Tortoise
The jazz leanings and fascination with electronic music remain, and are sometimes imprudently indulged, but in general the band seems to have a renewed awareness of the needs of the people on the other side of the speakers.
In its final ninety seconds, however, it reveals a "standard Tortoise" conclusion, rife with xylophone and jazz riffs, grinding to a halt with a quartet of progression runs.
A few years ago, Tortoise's DNA became irrevocably mixed with Stereolab, which is why we can never be entirely free of bossa-nova-inspired tracks like "Six Pack".
www.splendidezine.com /reviews/feb-19-01/tortoise.html   (760 words)

 Thrill Jockey Records - Artists
Throughout their 10-year history, Tortoise have been one of the most singularly dynamic bands in modern music.
Tortoise are one of the only bands of their size and status who have always produced their own records, and it largely because of this that they are able to achieve and maintain such a distinct and precise sound.
Contributing to and resulting from Tortoise's diverse musical talents are the multitude of other musical projects that each member pursues.
www.thrilljockey.com /artists/?id=10048   (832 words)

 Digital Dream Machine: Slow and steady...
Jeff, who graciously took a portion of his time (the tortoise wasn't racing away anywhere), told me that 'Franklin' is a 3-year-old African Spur Tortoise (or Geochelone sulcata as it's known in scientific terminology) and that he's cared for Franklin since he was smaller than the palm of his hand.
I've seen Tortoises and Terrapins before, and even went snorkeling alongside Sea Turtles in the waters of Hawai'i, but this was certainly an interesting sight you don't see in Edmonton, Alberta everyday.
My parents had to make sure the tortoises are included in their will, and have insisted whomever gets them do the same and pass them to the grand children, as the youngest Sulcata will probably not even be to her grey years by the time I'm in a nursing home.
digitaldreammachine.blogspot.com /2005/08/slow-and-steady.html   (2264 words)

 village voice > music > Tortoise, It's All Around You by Jeff Chang
Perhaps Tortoise are jazz in their Miles-Teo chop-shop artifice, and prog in that they've never heard anything they didn't like.
Tortoise may be the only band that can match the everything-mashup steez, sonic skills, conceptual ambition, and breakbeat heat of the Roots.
But by now Tortoise know how to bring the drama, and it builds into the towering climax of "Crest," an elegy of harpsichord, marimba, and strings that's the closest thing to an anthem—or a Levi's commercial—that Tortoise have yet constructed.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0416/chang.php   (552 words)

 CTTC - Speckled Tortoise, Homopus signatus, by Mike Palmer
Like the pancake tortoise, they spend much of their time under or on top of rocks and are rather flat and elongated with long legs which allow them to climb.
While parrot-beaked tortoises can stand a lot of rain and need lots of grass and plants in their pen, speckled tortoises are dry weather animals that can't stand much rain and need little vegetation in their pen to avoid raising the humidity.
This is the smallest tortoise in the world but they lay the largest egg for their size.
www.tortoise.org /archives/speckled.html   (3291 words)

 Desert Tortoise Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thus, unless the tortoise can replace the water quickly, handling one can be a death sentence to it and should be avoided.
The tortoise in the picture is drinking rainwater from a puddle.
Tortoises can be tracked and their movements recorded by attaching a transponder and antenna to each tortoise's shell with epoxy.
muirmaid.home.sprynet.com /tortoise.htm   (221 words)

 Radiated Tortoises
However, the Radiated tortoise has the most striking pattern of any of the "star" tortoises, with a yellow or orange center to each fl scute, from which extend four to twelve yellow or orange lines of varying thicknesses.
Radiated tortoises are among the world's rarer tortoises, although they are not as rare as the closely related Madagascar tortoise Geochelone yniphora, or "Angonoka", of which there may be only a few dozen surviving in the wild.
This means that when a tortoise's offspring and therefore his genes become too well-represented in the captive population, it is no longer permitted to breed.
www.unc.edu /~dtkirkpa/stuff/radiated.html   (1455 words)

Tortoise are also scheduled to appear on August 1st at the Avant Festival Fuengirola in Spain along with Hood, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Lamb, U.N.K.L.E. and others.
Tortoise will be on the bill for a three-day music fest in NYC at Irving Plaza, scheduled for September 5-7.
Tortoise and others will also be on the bill for a similar event in London during an all-day fest on September 15th.
brainwashed.com /tortoise   (699 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Galápagos Tortoise
The tortoise’s lungs are located on the top of its body, under the top dome of the shell, which is why the tortoise can be in trouble if it is turned over—the weight of its body can crush the lungs.
Giant tortoises tend to lead a peaceful, lazy life that centers on grazing, relaxing in the sun, or wallowing in water puddles.
By 1959, when the giant tortoises were in danger of becoming extinct, the Ecuadorian government stepped in and created the Galápagos National Park to protect tortoise habitat.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-galapagos_tortoise.html   (1147 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Turtle & Tortoise
Tortoises that live in hot, dry habitats use their strong legs to dig burrows.
Turtles and tortoises do not have ears like ours, but they can feel vibrations and changes in water pressure that tell them where food, or a predator, might be.
Most turtles and tortoises are omnivores, so they will eat both plants and animal food of various kinds, like fish, snails, worms, or insects.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-turtle.html   (1437 words)

 Tortoise Trust Web - Start Page
As a field-worker she was a bundle of energy, with an amazing and acute eye for natural history detail.
She was a tireless worker for tortoises and turtles.
She answered thousands of phone calls and letters from worried keepers, and was always available to take in any sick or unwanted tortoise.
www.tortoisetrust.org   (814 words)

Looking distracted, at times even pained, and fidgeting with a roll-up as if it were hiding ancient secrets from him, he has the air of a chemist who's much more comfortable in the lab.
Turn away for a second, and Tortoise are rummaging around in a different set of record bins.
But Tortoise play with a reserve that can, at the very least, mask the emotion in their music.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /Interviews/int_tortoise.htm   (712 words)

 Tortoise Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Tortoise is a usenet news server that supports transit (feeding) and readers.
Tortoise keeps all of its articles, overview, and overview cache information in "stores." Stores are cyclical data storage containers that may be up to 1 terabyte in size.
Tortoise stores values that may be changed during operation in the registry.
tortoise.maxwell.syr.edu /docs/overview.htm   (3674 words)

 Russian Tortoise, Agriomemys horsfieldi (Testudo horsfieldi)
Most Russian Tortoises found in the pet trade are from the territory of Uzbekistan.
Russian tortoises are rarely found in dense grassy areas or cultivated fields (Paraskiv,1956; Kuzmin, 2001).
It is most active in the early morning and early evening, retreating to its burrows during the hottest portion of the day.
www.russiantortoise.org   (282 words)

Tortoise revolutionized American indie rock in the mid-'90s by playing down tried-and-true punk and rock & roll influences, emphasizing instead the incorporation of a variety of left-field music genres from the past 20 years, including Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music, and British electronica.
Tortoise became an underground classic and spawned the remix work Rhythms, Resolutions and Clusters -- remixers Jim O'Rourke, Steve Albini, and Brad Wood -- the album steadily segued from techno and found-sound environment recordings to feedback ambience and hip-hop -- complete with samples of A Tribe Called Quest and Minnie Riperton.
During the rest of 1995, Tortoise toured with Stereolab in England and headlined a U.S. tour with 5iveStyle and the Sea and Cake.
www.myspace.com /trts   (962 words)

Tortoise's instrumental music, which represents one of the most important chapters in today's rock music, originates from a movement that took off from Kentucky and spawned bands such as Squirrel Bait, Slint, Bastro, Bitch Magnet.
Sometimes, instead of playing a sampled horn part, we adapt that to play it on guitar, or sometimes, when we are on tour with Isotope, we can have their horn player to play with us.
Abbiamo parlato dell’album dei Tortoise "TNT" (1998) col bassista Doug McCombs.
www.scaruffi.com /interv/tortoise.html   (1651 words)

 Desert tortoise information from the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Within the desert's fragile ecosystem, tortoise populations are rapidly diminishing; in some places they have disappeared.
Tortoise populations grow slowly because of their low reproductive potential.
Useful links to off-site desert tortoise information can be found in the box on the lower right.
www.tortoise-tracks.org /gopherus.html   (234 words)

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