I had just joined for the first time in ark, I knew nothing about the game. After a while I got a thatch house, clothes, basic tools, and Spears. Then a lvl 32 Carno divides that I looked tasty, so it came and killed me and destroyed my house. I was living on the beach where you spawn. So after respawning making spears and attacking the Carno for the millionth time, I saw one of these and punched it in the head until it KOed. It was only lvl 3 but I tamed it, made some spears and brought it over to the Carno. That turtle and I went to town with that Carno and pulverized it. I recommend taming these if you are just starting out.
Create the ultimate turtle breeding group. Call yourself the turtle god. Put your mega tortols in aggressive, pick it up with quetzal, drop these babies on other tribe's turrets.
You now have the ultimate turret soaker. Let all other players feel the wrath of the turtle god. Your power is limitless, your defense is unfathomable, they shall all bow before your might. You are turtle god, bullet's demise, the ultimate waster of resources, who would dare defy you?
First dino I ever tamed and bred. In my opinion its a slow breeder. But hell of a defender. Its just a good tame all around especially due to the fact its 10x better then a trike (in defense) and the saddle is relatively easy to unlock. Plus its got a cool swimming animation.