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Ploughshare Tortoise

Ploughshare tortoise is a species of tortoise found only in the island of Madagascar. It is one of the rarest species of tortoises in the world. Its population is fast declining with an estimated 600 individuals left in the wild.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Astrochelys
    Scientific Name Astrochelys yniphora

    Other Names Angonoka Tortoise, Angonoka, Madagascar Tortoise, Madagascar Angulated Tortoise
    Size Male: Around 16.33 in
    Female: Around 14.57 in
    Weight Male: Around 10.3 kg
    Female: Around 8.8 kg
    Color Shell is brown while head and snout are black to different shades of brown; area around the ear has yellow spots; neck, limbs and tail are generally brown with some yellow; yellow underside with some brown
    Distribution Madagascar
    Habitat Savanna, mangrove swamps, dry deciduous forest
    Diet Plant matter especially grasses
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Predators Wild pigs
    Breeding Season January to May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 6 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 7 months
    Reproductive Age Around 20 years of age
    Average Lifespan 50 to 100 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on October 28th 2016 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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