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Spider Tortoise

Spider tortoise is a species of tortoise endemic to southwestern Madagascar. The species possess spiders-web like pattern on its back and hence its name. There are three subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Pyxis
    Scientific Name Pyxis arachnoides

    Size Around 11.1 cm
    Weight 7 to 14 oz
    Color Five to eight yellow lines radiating out from a yellow center on a black or dark brown outer shell; underside of the shell is yellow with dark head speckled with many yellow spots; brown legs and tail
    Distribution Southwestern Madagascar
    Habitat Areas with sandy soil and low lying vegetation dominated by spiny vegetation in Mikea and dry forests
    Diet Young leaves, grasses, roots of succulent plants, insects, cow dung containing insect larva
    Hibernation Fact Many individuals undergoes aestivation by burying themselves deep into the sand
    Predators Birds of prey, fossa, snakes
    Breeding Season Rainy season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 egg
    Incubation Period 7 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 6 to 7 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 70 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on May 8th 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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