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Radiated Tortoise

Radiated tortoises are a species of tortoises belonging to the family Testudinidae, native to the island of Madagascar. They are regarded as one of the most beautiful tortoises in the world. The species derive its name from having yellow color radiating lines on the shell.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Astrochelys
    Scientific Name Astrochelys radiata

    Other Names Radiated Turtle, Madagascar Tortoise
    Size Up to 16 in
    Weight Up to 16 kg
    Color Outer shell is notably marked with yellow lines radiating from the middle of each plate of the shell; head, legs and feet are yellow; top of the head contains a variably sized black patch
    Distribution Southern and southwestern  Madagascar
    Habitat Dry regions of brush, thorn forests, woodlands
    Diet Herbivores, feed mainly grass, sometimes fruits, succulent plants
    Hibernation Fact Does not hibernate
    Breeding Season Wet season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 5 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 15 to 20 years of age
    Average Lifespan 40 to 50 years; however, some specimens are known to live for more than 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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