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Geometric Tortoise

Geometric Tortoise is a species of reptile found in a very limited area in South Africa. Being one of the rarest tortoise species, it is critically endangered with only about 800 adults existing in the world. It gets its name from the bizarre patterns on its carapace that often form perfectly geometric shapes.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Psammobates
    Species P. geometricus
    Scientific Name Psammobates geometricus

    Length/Size Up to 15 cm
    Body Coloration Black to dark gray or brown with haphazard yellow dots, while the shell having a black to dark brown base with yellow stripes radiating out from a yellow center
    Range/Distribution Only in a very small section in the South-Western Cape of South Africa
    Habitat Narrow strips of coastal lowlands
    Diet/Food Different species of grasses, herbs, shrubs, sedges, and reeds
    Breeding Season Summer to rainy season
    Clutch Size 2-5 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on November 14th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.

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