Boffins find three ways how turtles right themselves after being flipped over

November 14th, 2007 - 2:24 am ICT by admin  
The reptiles use a clever combination of shell shape, leg and neck manoeuvres to upright themselves again.

Both cockroaches and tortoises are potentially prone to getting stuck on their rounded backs, their feet flailing in the air.

For tortoises though, this is more than an accidental hazard: Belligerent males often try to flip opponents over during fights for territorial rights.

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