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Bell’s Hinge-back Tortoise

The Bell’s Hinge-back Tortoise is a species of tortoise that is named so because of the characteristic 90-degree hinge present in its body to protect its tail and rear legs from predators, just like all other fellow species that belong to its genus Kinixys. The species is abundantly spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Kinixys
    Species K. belliana
    Scientific Name Kinixys belliana


    Other Names Hinge back tortoise
    Length/Size Up to 22 cm
    Body Coloration Color of both the carapace and the body is the same (light brown)
    Range/Distribution Sudan, Tanzania, DR Congo up to the southern parts of the African continent
    Habitat Tropical and sub-tropical regions
    Diet/Food Omnivorous diet including a variety of different plants, leaves, fruits, vegetables, twigs, roots, tadpoles, earthworms, snails
    Breeding Season During the rains
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on November 15th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 12th November 2018.

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