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Radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiate)

Radiated tortoise
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Personal Information
There are two male radiated tortoises, A-Rod. and Jeter. Both were hatched in 1994 at the Bronx Zoo and came to the Seneca Park Zoo in 1998. They are taken outside at least once a week in the summer and love to eat the grass, especially clovers, and being in the sun.

Status in the Wild
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.

Habitat
Radiated tortoises make their home in Southern Madagascar in dry scrub forests and woodlands.

Diet
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.