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Radiated Tortoise
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Radiated Tortoise

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Scientific Name:

Astrochelys radiata


Southern Madagascar.


Herbivore. Leaves, grasses, flowers, fruit, cacti.


Habitat: Dry thorn forests, tropical woodlands


Incubation: 3-12 eggs, incubation ~5-8 months.


Social structure: Mainly solitary


Weight: up to 16kg.


Dimensions: Up to 40cm


Lifespan: 100


IUCN Status: Critically Endangered


Estimated population in the wild: Unknown, decreasing


Threats: Hunting for the pet trade or for food, habitat loss (deforestation for agricultural land, grazing of livestock, burning of wood for charcoal).


Did you know that:

  1. The radiated tortoise is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful tortoise.
  2. Local people have a taboo against eating or touching the tortoises, however large quantities are gathered by people from other areas.
  3. It is estimated that up to 45,000 animals are harvested each year.
  4. When frightened they screech loudly to scare off the predator

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