Radiated tortoise

Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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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