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Chaco Tortoise

The Chaco Tortoise is a species of reptiles that is found in parts of the continent of South America. It is the smallest member of the group ‘Geochelone’.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Subclass Anapsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Chelonoidis
    Species C. chilensis
    Scientific Name Chelonoidischilensis

    Other Names Argentine tortoise, Southern wood tortoise
    Length Up to 43.3 cm
    Coloration Carapace has triangular markings in beige on a black to gray base
    Distribution Mostly in Argentina, but also in Bolivia and Paraguay
    Habitat Savannas, thorn and scrub bushes, in the dry, desert scrublands, and in deciduous woodlands
    Diet Mostly herbivorous; they feed upon grasses, shrubs, fruits, and cactus pads
    Breeding Season November to December
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on March 3rd 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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