African Hingeback Tortoise Kinixys belliana

Makes sense! The name “hingeback tortoise” comes from this animal’s unique, 90-degree moveable “hinge” located at the rear of its shell, which allows it to cover up its rear legs and tail when threatened.

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ORIGIN:
South Africa

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HABITAT:
Grasslands and woodlands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 1 oz
Length: 6-9 in

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DIET:
Leaves, grasses, fruits, sugarcane, fungi and insects

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PREDATORS:
Monitor lizards, birds of prey, hornbills and hyenas

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Hard shell

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REPRODUCTION:
Can lay up to 45 eggs per breeding season

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THREATS:
Human hunting and collection for the pet trade

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 22 yrs in human care

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