Our radiated tortoise resides with our ring-tailed lemurs in the Zoo’s Main Building, in a mixed-species, Madagascar-themed exhibit.
The Zoo is home to one male radiated tortoise named Jeter. He was hatched in 1994 at the Bronx Zoo and came to the Seneca Park Zoo in 1998. Jeter is taken outside at least once a week in the summer and loves to eat the grass, especially clovers.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. These tortoises are in trouble due to loss of habitat, poaching for food and exploitation in the pet trade. The Seneca Park Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan to aid the recovery of the radiated tortoise.
Radiated tortoises make their home in Southern Madagascar in dry scrub forests and woodlands.
These tortoises are herbivores, eating grasses, fruit and succulent plants such as cacti.
When caught, a radiated tortoise emits a high-pitched cry to scare a predator.
The radiated tortoise is considered one of the world’s most beautiful tortoises because of the star-like patterns on its shell.
A radiated tortoise can grow to weigh up to 35 pounds.
Incubation of the radiated tortoise’s eggs can last 5 to 8 months before hatching occurs.