Speckled Tortoise is a species of South African tortoises the population of which has gone vulnerable over the years. They are distinctly different from many other species by the speckled marks on their shells, as also, by the five toes on its two forefeet (unlike many other related species, that four on each).
|Scientific Name||Homopus signatus|
|Other Names||Speckled cape tortoise, speckled padloper|
|Length/Size||Up to 10 cm (3.9 in)|
|Body Coloration||Moss green body, with the carapace having a similar base having rhombic patterns in pale to orange yellow and dark gray|
|Range/Distribution||Everywhere in South Africa|
|Habitat||In the forages and outcrops in between the rocks|
|Diet/Food||Mostly plant matters, but also small arthropods when food is scarce|
|Mode of Reproduction||Oviparous|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Vulnerable|
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Published on November 13th 2018 by staff under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.
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