The Pancake Tortoise is a very unique and beautiful, flat-shelled tortoise native to Kenya and Tanzania. Of course, the Pancake Tortoise gets its name from the appearance of its shell which is also soft and flexible and allows the tortoise to take refuge in small crevices for protection.Their carapace is brown with varying patterns of radiating dark lines. An unusual appearance makes the Pancake Tortoise a highly sought-after tortoise for experienced keepers. The Pancake Tortoise is also known for fleeing danger rather than retracting itself into its shell. Pancake Tortoises are small herbivores and thrive best on grasses.