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Tortoise and Hyenas

Unread post by Barb15584 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:28 pm

I had just watched a tortoise having a drink on the Satara Webcam and the following questions occurred to me: Do tortoises have any defense against the bone crushing power of a hyena's jaw, and do hyenas pray on them.

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Re: Tortoise and Hyenas

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:27 am

Barb15584 the hyena’s are both hunters and scavengers. They have powerful jaws and would select the easiest and most attractive food so a tortoise would probably be taken for a meal if the opportunity exists and if there are no other food sources available. The powerful jaws and digestive tract system of the hyena allow them to process and obtain nutrients from skin and bones.
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