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Radiated Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise Astrochelys radiata

The “stars” on this tiny tortoise’s shell make it one of the most beautiful reptiles in the world and, unfortunately, a target for poachers.

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ORIGIN:
Southern Madagascar

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HABITAT:
Dry forests

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 35 lbs
Length: Up to 16 in

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DIET:
Cactuses, grasses and fruits

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PREDATORS:

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Hard shell

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay 3-12 eggs at one time

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THREATS:
Habitat loss, human hunting and collection for the pet trade

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
13 yrs in human care

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