3-legged 4×4 tortoise

3-legged 4x4 tortoise

Tina the tortoise has been given a lift after being fitted with a suspension system and a pneumatic tyre to help her cope with muddy terrain.

The three-legged reptile can now go ‘off-road’ after the 4×4-style system was attached to her shell.

Tina was fitted with a plastic wheel four years ago to replace her rear right leg.

But our increasingly warmer autumns mean Tina hibernates later in the year, leaving her battling to cope with muddy grass and slopes and dead leaves.

So the rudimentary wheel has now been replaced with an air-filled tyre and a spring suspension system with shock absorber.

From Metro.co.uk.

29 Responses

  1. Juan says:

    That tire is not pneumatic (air filled0, it is actually a tire from a scale aircraft and is foam filled at best.

  2. smarter than juan says:

    who cares

  3. sureynot says:


  4. Kenny Jules says:

    lov turyle soup with lots of crackers

  5. Juan says:

    Uh… it is pneumatic — It explicitly says so:

    “So the rudimentary wheel has now been replaced with an air-filled tyre and a spring suspension system with shock absorber.”

  6. Juan Sucks says:

    Juan – what do you think foam contains? Yep… air bubbles and that makes it pneumatic.

    You, sir, are a spanner!

  7. buslady says:

    thats just…i dunno. Im a keeper of chelonia, I’ve learned they can get along fine without mods like this. They learn and adapt; they’re not stupid animals.
    I agree, it’s a foam filled model aircraft tire.

  8. Me says:

    The tire isn’t pneumatic. The spring is.

  9. Titus says:

    I hate to be ~that~ guy, but this looks very photoshopped to me!

  10. arnim zola says:

    Seek freedom; recapitulate before it’s too late. What are you waiting for — looking forward to senility?

  11. Justin says:

    If the tire is foam-filled, then it’s not pneumatic even if it has air in it, as it’s not pressurized. And the spring is not pneumatic, either — it’s just a spring. Perhaps you mean the shock absorber (the part inside the spring)? It’s probably an RC car oil-filled shock absorber/damper. If I was a betting man, I’d say it was from a Serpent or Mugen 1:8th scale on-road car, but it’s hard to tell the exact size from the photo — could be any number of 1:10th on-road kits.

    Either way, very cool.

  12. pete says:

    wow. you guys have too much time on your hands! LOL. Like me.

    Anyway, the tires are pneumatic although you can’t inflate them. They come sealed from the factory. They are typical Du-Bro radio control airplane tires like these http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/869750.asp – End of story.

    If this is a pet turtle I think it’s a cool thing although if it’s out in nature how does the turtle adjust for shell growth? These turtles live for over 50 years and their shells do change/grow. In that case it’s a cruel gadget.

    In any event, I agree with Titus. This looks like a clever photoshop job. Where is the rear view? Also, why does a turtle need a sway bar? It moves at less than 1 mile an hour!

    Anyway, I love turtles and have two. Check our my live turtle cam! http://pcplaza.homeip.net:8081/turtlecam

  13. Houder says:

    Now, how did he get out of his cage…i Mean environment. I shall send some Houder bots to retrieve my newest genetic freak, GO HOUDER BOTS!

  14. muppet says:

    what happens if she gets a flat?

  15. Asdf says:

    Reading all these comments about whether the tire is pneumatic or not makes me want to punch someone in the throat.

  16. Overworm says:

    Here’s pictures of another wheeled turtle. Is it just me, or do they all look like cyborg turtles?

  17. Jim Lee says:

    Here is another turtle with wheels. Her hind legs were paralyzed but she was able to get around on a set of model airplane wheels. http://www.bambooturtle.us/turtlewheels.html

  18. Mike Ktori says:

    Tina: The Tripod Tortoise

    Tina the tripod tortoise was always rather blue
    ‘Cause she couldn’t get about so well – like other tortoise do!
    She would frolic in the sunshine, but her tough old tortoise skirt
    Always hung down in one corner – and then dug into the dirt.

    The friendly tortoise keeper, down at Longleat, just near Bath
    Would stand protective near her – asking children not to laugh
    when she scraped across the gravel, listing slightly off to port.
    ‘cause her rearwards right hand corner had no meaningful support.

    One day, whilst watching Tina, a brainy sort of kid, said
    Fit her with a rubber wheel – or a little Teflon skid.
    It’s sad that all her under-bits are dragging in the dirt
    Just look at that sharp gravel. That’s really got to hurt.

    And so a wheel was fitted, pneumatic like the best
    with a tiny shock absorber, all screwed onto Tina’s chest.
    She never feels the gravel now – her butt is never sore
    She’s booked in for a retread in two thousand ninety four.

    Mike Ktori

  19. Dylan says:

    You guys are insane, arguing over the tire and whatnot.

    It’s an effing TURTLE with an EFFING TIRE attached to it, hahahaha!!!

  20. That’s just crazy! It’s not about “free-lunch” and you know it!

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