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20 Interesting Facts About Tortoises

Tortoises are land-dwelling turtles . They are separate from sea turtles, freshwater turtles, and other terrestrial turtles (box turtles and wood turtles). There are nearly 50 species of tortoises. Galapagos giant tortoises (on Galapagos Islands) and Aldabra giant tortoises (on Aldabra Island) are the largest, having a length of 3.3 feet (1 meter) or more. Padloper tortoises, with a length of 6-8 cm, are the smallest species. The largest mainland tortoise is the African spurred tortoise. The oldest known living animal on land is Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise. In 2022, its estimated age was at least 190 years. Jonathan is also the oldest tortoise ever, surpassing the former oldest tortoise that lived for 188 years and died in 1965. ( Source ) ( Source ) Like other turtles, the most prominent feature of tortoises is a hard shell encompassing their body. Nearly all tortoise species have domed-shaped shells. The  most distinguishing feature  of tortoises is their elephantine legs

35 Interesting Facts About Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a landlocked country in south-central Asia. It shares borders with countries from Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan , and Tajikistan), South Asia (Pakistan), West Asia (Iran), and East Asia ( China ). Afghanistan is one of the most poorly surveyed countries in the world due to its tense history and other factors. Its physical geography includes the northern plains region, central highlands, and the southern plateau with deserts and semideserts. According to estimates, human inhabitants initially settled in Afghanistan nearly 100,000 years ago during the Stone Age. Afghanistan remained under various ancient empires and dynasties from the 6 th Century BCE to the 7 th Century CE. These include the Achaemenid Empire, the Greek Empire, the Mauryan dynasty, the Kushans, the Sasanids, and others. A Jewish community existed in Afghanistan more than 1,000 years ago, while there were around 40,000 Jews in the 19 th  Century. However, the  last Jew left Afghanistan  in 20