Size7 inches (17.8 cm)
DietVegetation and dry grasses
RangeNorthern and Eastern Tanzania and Southern Kenya
HabitatCrevices on rocky hillsides and in scrub and savanna
- 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 shell, the tortoise flees 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 most turtles.
- Diet typically consists of vegetation and dry grasses.
- Occurs in Northern and Eastern Tanzania and Southern Kenya, may also occur in Zimbabwe.
- Found in crevices on rocky hillsides and in scrub and savanna.
- Mating season between January and February.
- Nesting appears to occur in July and August in natural environment, but in human care, tortoises produce clutches year-round.
- Female digs hole in soil and typically lays one egg, but a female 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
- Collection of this animal for pet trade is a major threat.
- Shell hinges at the scute-joints, allowing the animal to climb better than most turtles.