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Radiated Tortoise

Astrochelys radiata

Range

  • Madagascar

Habitat

  • Dry forest

Diet

  • Grasses
  • Fruit
  • Succulent plants

Madagascar is home to this beautiful tortoise, which can grow to weigh 30 pounds.

Native peoples are highly respectful of these animals, believing them to be reincarnated ancestors. However, it is losing its forest home to agricultural clearing and the production of charcoal.

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