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Most tortoises have stumpy legs and a high rounded upper shell. The largest tortoises are the giant Galaagos and Aldabra tortoises.
A turtle or tortoise shell is made up of many small plate-like bones and is part of their skeleton. The flat underneath is called the plastron; upper-carapace shell-covered by hard, horny plates,or leathery skin.
Some turtles and tortoises are endangered species. The green sea turtle is endangered because it is the source of turtle soup.