Reptiles

 

Radiated Tortoise

Astrochelys radiata


Class Reptilia   Radiated Tortoise
Order Testudines
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)
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 16℃. 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.

 

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