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Reptiles
 
Radiated Tortoise
Geochelone radiata
Class Reptilia

Order Chelonia

Distribution Southern Madagascar

Habitat Low thorn bush and scrubby grassland

Conservation
Status
Listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Characteristics and Behaviour Radiated Tortoises have black or dark brown elongated and domed carapace up to 40 cm long. In adult, each scute on the carapace is raised and well marked by concentric rings with yellow stripes radiating from the yellow center, for which the species earns its common name. Radiated Tortoises are tame, not active, rest in nest most of the time. Adapted to dry terrestrial environment, Radiated Tortoises prefer warm climate and hibernate when the temperature drops to approximately 16óJ. Females have flat plastrons, smaller and shorter tails while males have concave plastrons and their tails are larger and longer. Breeding season lasts from May to September and a clutch comprises three to twelve eggs.

Diet Herbivorous. Mainly feed on succulent plants and fallen fruits.
Radiated Tortoise



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