Sporting a striking star-shaped pattern of yellow streaks on its high-domed shell, the radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiate) is considered one of the world’s most beautiful tortoises. Unfortunately, its beauty makes the tortoise a target for the pet trade, which is one of the threats it faces in the wild.
- Where to see them: Southern Madagascar
- Length: Up to 1.3 ft
- Weight: Up to 35 lbs
- Lifespan: 40 to 50 yrs
- Habitat: Dry woodlands
- Diet: Grass, fruit, and cactus
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