Native to the island of Madagascar
The radiated tortoise of Madagascar is one of the most attractive of all the tortoises. The high-domed, dark carapace is marked by brilliant yellow lines that radiate from the centre of each plate and create this tortoise’s distinctive pattern.
Radiated tortoises graze on vegetation such as leaves and grasses, flowers, fruit and cacti. During much of the year dead leaves also make up a substantial part of their diet.
The island of Madagascar has suffered widespread habitat destruction as the land is cleared to make way for charcoal production and short-term unsustainable development. In addition to habitat loss, these striking tortoises are targeted by the international pet trade.
Sadly, years of extreme drought that have led to diminished agricultural production and increased poverty, which leads people to tortoise hunting for survival.