Species group: Tortoises
Scientific name: Astrochelys radiata
The Radiated Tortoise is native to the island of Madagascar, where it lives in dry regions of brush, thorn forests and woodlands. Historically this species has been quite abundant in southern Madagascar, but today the Radiated Tortoise is severely endangered due to loss of habitat, being poached for food, and being caught for the pet trade. It is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as being Critically Endangered.
Appearance / health:
Astrochelys radiatais is an extraordinarily beautiful tortoise, and its carapace is marked with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate of the shell.
The Radiated Tortoise is a herbivore and eats grasses, fruit and succulent plants.