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.
|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 staff under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.
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