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Speckled Tortoise

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).



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Homopus
    Species H. signatus
    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
    Breeding Season Spring
    Clutch Size 3-5
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on November 13th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 12th November 2018.

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