National Geographic : 1953 Jun
' Zoo's Slowest Ride: Giant Tortoise Races at a Snail's Pace Weighing up to 400 pounds, these giant tortoises from the Galapagos are strictly dry-land reptiles. They pass summers at Whipsnade, winters at the zoo. As steeds they proved disappointing. This one refused to budge until one rider got off and prodded him. les by National Geographic Photographers B. Anthony Stewart and David S. Boyer 4 Children and Python Both Learn: Squeeze Gently! Boys and girls quickly overcome fear of snakes, and some even try to kidnap smaller varieties from the out door reptile quarters by hiding them under shirts. This gentle 10-foot Indian python has never tried to squeeze hard enough to harm its playmates.