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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Chelonia
Family:Testudinidae
Genus:Geochelone
Genus species:Geochelone radiata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:up to 40 cm
Identification:The radiated tortoise has black shell plates with yellow or orange centers. Four to twelve yellow or orange lines extend from each center point. The shell is high-domed, and the head is blunt. This tortoise's legs and feet are yellow, and the head is also yellow with a black patch.
Habitat:Dry brush, woodlands
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, succulents, cacti
Reproduction:Three to twelve eggs are incubated for 145-231 days.
Status:Endangered: habitat loss and hunted for their meat
Interesting Facts:Radiated tortoises are the largest of the starred tortoise species.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Madagascar Date:1981-10 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Radiated tortoise
turtle
Geochelone
Testudinidae
Turtles
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata