The Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is a reptile in the Testudinidae family of tortoises.
The Radiated Tortoise has a high-domed shell, called a carapace. Its shell is brown with yellow radiating lines from the centre of each plate. Each pattern looks like a star or sea shell. It has a blunt head and thick, stumpy feet. Its legs, feet, and head are yellow, except for a patch of black on its head.
It grows to 41 centimetres (16 inches) long.
The Radiated Tortoise is native to Madagascar. It prefers dry regions in woodlands and thorn forests.
It is an herbivorous grazer, eating grass. Sometimes, it eats fruit and plants.
The female lays 3-12 eggs in a hole that she digs in the sand. She covers the eggs and does not stay with them. The eggs hatch after 5-8 months. The young are usually white or cream-coloured at birth.
The Radiated Tortoise can live for more than 100 years.
[Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM