Radiated Tortoise

Astrochelys radiata

About This Animal

SIZE: Can reach 14-18 inch carapace length and weights of up to 35 pounds

RANGE: southern and southwestern Madagascar

HABITAT: dry spiny forest

DIET: Feeds on vegetation (grass, cacti, cacti fruits, other plants)

 ON EXHIBIT: Lemur Forest - opening this spring!

The Radiated Tortoise is named for its brilliantly marked shell with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate. These tortoises have strong beaks and thick skin, allowing them to eat prickly plants like cacti. They are known to graze in the same area, which keeps vegetation around them trimmed.

This species is classifed as Critically Endangered due to habitat loss, introduction of non-native vegetation and collection for the food and pet trade.