Paul's Geochelone Sulcata tortoise hatchling—close up view

(Previously posted: "I am not sure what species this tortoise is, but I'll post it as soon as my son clarifies it for me.")

 

It's an African Spur-Thigh tortoise. Notice the scales on his legs are raised and function as a natural defense mechanism. And check out his huge, long claws!

 

Just out of the egg and all ready to go. Amazing!

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Taken on August 11, 2008