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Flat-Tailed Tortoise

Flat-tailed tortoise is a species of tortoise endemic to Madagascar. The species is active only during the warm and rainy season reaching its peak during and after rain.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Pyxis
    Scientific Name Pyxis planicauda


    Other Names Flat-backed spider tortoise
    Size Up to 13.4 cm
    Weight Male: 300 – 400 g
    Female: 475 – 670 g
    Color Each scale on the outer shell have a light brown to yellow center encircled by a wide dark brown to black border; yellow rays radiate from the center of the scales across the dark border; yellow lower shell with scattered dark spots or rays along the flanks; yellow to brown limbs; head is dark brown to black with some yellow markings
    Distribution West coast of Madagascar
    Habitat Lowland fragments of dry, deciduous forest on the west coast of Madagascar
    Diet Fallen fruits from trees, shoots and leaves of bushes
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes aestivation during the cooler dry season
    Breeding Season Hot/rainy season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 egg
    Incubation Period 8 to 11 months
    Reproductive Age 10 years of age in case of females
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on May 5th 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 24th August 2018.

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