Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise

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.

Bell's Hinge-Back Tortoise

Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise

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.

Bell's Hinge-Back Tortoise

Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise (showing the hinge)

Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise (showing the hinge)

Bell's Hinge-Back Tortoise

Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise

Bell's Hinge-Back Tortoise

Bell’s Hinge-Back Tortoise (left) and African Helmeted Terrapin (right)

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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