The secretive Home’s hinge-back tortoise has adapted its behaviour to tolerate the high heat of its tropical environment. Overheating is a real risk, and so the tortoise rests and moves in the shade (6). When water is not available, Home’s hinge-back tortoise may bury itself below ground and emerge again when the rains come (5). Home’s hinge-back tortoise is omnivorous, consuming both animal and plant food, which is located using the sense of smell as the tortoise makes straight, darting jabs with the head (2). Interestingly, it is one of the most carnivorous terrestrial chelonians in the world (7). Home’s hinge-back tortoise lays oval, brittle-shelled eggs, which are incubated for at least five months. The tiny hatchlings, less than five centimetres long, have flattened, brown carapaces, with no hinge (2). The sex ratio of adults is 1:1, but the females are considerably larger in size than the males (8).