Size7 inches (17.8 cm)
DietVegetation and dry grasses
RangeTanzania and Kenya
HabitatCrevices on rocky hillsides
- Coloration is brown and yellow.
- Shell is thin, flat and flexible.
- Shell bones have many openings, which allow the tortoise to be lighter and more agile to escape predators.
- Instead of retreating into its shell, the African pancake tortoise will flee danger. Its flexible shell allows it to hide in narrow crevices.
- Carapace length to 7 inches (17.8 cm).
The African tortoise’s shell hinges at the joints that make up the bony plates of its shell. This allows these tortoises to climb better than others.
- Diet typically consists of vegetation and dry grasses.
- Occurs in northern and eastern Tanzania and southern Kenya and may also occur in Zimbabwe.
- Found in crevices on rocky hillsides and in scrub and savanna.
- The mating season is between January and February.
- Nesting appears to occur in July and August in their natural environment, but in human care, tortoises produce clutches year-round.
- Females dig holes in the soil and typically lay one egg, but they can lay several eggs over the course of one season.
- Incubation period of 4-6 months in human care.
- “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List
- The collection of this animal for the pet trade is a major threat.
- Shell hinges at the scute joints, allowing the animal to climb better than others.