Common name: Horned tortoise
Scientific name: Meiolania platyceps
Year named: 1886, by Owen
Meaning: 'small roamer'
Weight: 1000 lb
Time: Oligocene to Holocene, 2 million-2000 years ago
Range: Australia, outlying islands such as New Caledonia, Lode Island & Vanuatu
Biome: Temperate plains
Organization: Solitary, or Pair
Enemies: Giant ripper lizards
Danger Level: Low
Meiolania graze amongst the dry plains. Despite their lesser size compared to some great monstrosities, these turtles have a tough shell for protection. Stubby spine adorn the tail, making it a biological mace.