Southern and southwestern Madagascar, but have been introduced on the nearby island of Reunion
Arid thorn forests of southern Madagascar
Length: 13-16 in; Weight: 35 lbs
3-12 spherical brittle-shelled eggs.
Incubation period is from 145-231 days.
Grazer (herbivore); feed on grasses, fruits, and succulents.
A number of fruits, carrots, apples, bananas, alfalfa sprouts, sweet potatoes, and melons
~ 40-50 years
~ 60 - 100 years.
Vulnerable by the IUCN, endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and on CITES Appendix I
Loss of habitat, poaching for a food source, and the pet trade
It is one of the most beautiful tortoise species. The shell has dark plates with bright yellow lines radiating from the center of each shell. It has a high-domed carapace, blunt head, and elephantine feet. Its legs and feet are yellow, as is its head except a black patch on top. Males generally have a longer tail than females.
They like to stay in patches of cactus.
Hissing, grunting, and head bobbing. When caught they will let out a high pitched cry and this cry can last up to an hour after capture.
Retracts into its shell for protection and will let out a high pitched cry to scare away predators. The males frequently fight during breeding season. They will ram each other with the fore-section of their shells.
Man (sometimes uses this as a food source).
Slow moving quadruped.
Radiated tortoises are among the world’s rarer tortoises. The shell is supplied with blood vessels and nerves it can feel when being touched. Some Chinese will pay the equivalent of $50 for a radiated tortoise to eat. They are also believed to have aphrodisiac properties.