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Do Tortoises Like Being Touched?

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Do Tortoises Like Being Touched?

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The most noticeable feature of a tortoise is its massive shell. But what happens if you touch it? Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo fill us in.

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Just because reptiles are cold-blooded animals doesn't mean they're devoid of personalities or feelings. Join caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo as they introduce us to the most charismatic creatures in the reptile house... and the very particular pampering they receive daily. We'll see how a 100-year-old tortoise gets a pedicure, meet a picky Grand Cayman iguana who allows only certain caretakers to bathe him, and learn the skin care regimen for the zoo's sole Komodo dragon.

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