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Respiratory conditions in tortoises

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Respiratory conditions in tortoises

Mammals, lizards and snakes have ribs, whereas the tortoise’s ribs fused millions of years ago to make his shell. A tortoise cannot move its shell to breathe, but has developed a clever way of breathing.

A tortoise with a runny nose
©Siuna Reid

How do tortoises breathe?

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What about pneumonia?

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