Radiated Tortoise

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Radiated tortoise
At Roger Williams Park Zoo, US
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Astrochelys
Species: A. radiata
Binomial name
Astrochelys radiata
Shaw, 1802
Synonyms[1]
  • Testudo coui Daudin, 1801 (nomen oblitum)
  • Testudo radiata Shaw, 1802
  • Psammobates radiatus Agassiz, 1857
  • Testudo desertorum Grandidier, 1869
  • Asterochelys radiata Gray, 1873
  • Testudo [radiata] radiata Siebenrock, 1909
  • Testudo hypselonota Bourret, 1941
  • Geochelone radiata Loveridge & Williams, 1957
  • Astrochelys radiata Bour, 1985

The radiated tortoise is a type of tortoise. It has vibrant yellow streaks down its bumpy black shell. It lives in southern Madagascar. It can stay alive up to about 50 years in the wild and about 100 years in captivity.

Description[change | change source]

The Radiated Tortoise has a black patch on its head. Its scaly legs are yellow. Its shell is its most impressive feature. The shell is black and bumpy with a pattern of yellow stripes on it. The Radiated Tortoise can weigh up to 35 lbs.

Diet[change | change source]

The Radiated Tortoise likes to use the same food source many times before choosing a new one. They eat seeds, fruit, succulent plants and shrubs. They get their water from water pools on rocks. It is very hot so they have to stay hydrated.

References[change | change source]

  1. Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 267–268. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. http://www.webcitation.org/5v20ztMND. Retrieved 29 May 2012.