The Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise (Kinixys belliana)is a reptile – it is medium-sized African chelonian.
The Bell’s Tortoise is a light brown colour. It has a hinge on the back of its top shell (carapace). It has a 90-degree hinge, which protects its back legs and tail. The hinge is a broad band of flexible connective tissue. The shell is slightly domed and elongated. It has five claws on each front foot.
It grows to about 22 centimetres (9 inches) long.
The Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise is from sub-Saharan Africa. It likes tropical savannahs.
It is an omnivore, eating a varied diet of plants, insects, vegetables, roots, worms, fruit, snails, and insects. Its predators include leopards, hawks, and eagles.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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