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Radiated Tortoise

Asterochelys radiata

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Asterochelys radiata
Class: Reptile
Life span: 40 to 50 years
Weight: Up to 35 pounds
Conservation status: Critically endangered
Number of eggs: 3 to 12 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN AFRICA

Radiated tortoises can only be found on the southern part of Madagascar, an island off eastern Africa. They prefer dry regions of brush or thorn forests.


I AM AN HERBIVORE

This turtle species consume a vegetarian diets consisting of grasses and various fruits. They will also feast upon succulents and cactus species with given the opportunity.


RADIATED TORTOISES ARE SOLITARY

Like many tortoise species, radiated tortoises prefer to be solitary. Multiple may live in the same habitat if they each grant each other their own space.


A RADIANT REPTILE 

The radiated tortoise gets its name from the vibrant yellow designs that radiate from specific points on their dark shell.


HELPING THE RADIATED TORTOISE IN THE WILD

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports Turtle Survival Alliance, an organization that focuses on turtle conservation, specifically species at risk of extinction.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Radiated tortoises are considered a flagship species, meaning their health, both good and bad, reflects the state and condition of their environment. Conservation efforts that benefits radiated tortoises will often benefit their entire habitat.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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