Scientific Name: Astrochelys radiata
Found In: Madagascar
Size: Female tortoises range in carapace length from approximately 9.5 – 14 inches and males ranged in from 11 – 16 inches.
Diet: Herbivore: Feed predominantly on grasses and in some areas on the alien invasive Opuntia; On occasion they are also known to ingest animal matter
Threat Level: Critically Endangered – Threats to the tortoise’s survival include collection for the illegal pet trade and habitat loss, including deforestation for use as agricultural land, the grazing of livestock, and the burning of wood for charcoal.
Facts: Historically this species has been quite abundant, often being found along roadways and has served as symbol of Madagascar’s south.
Virginia Zoo tortoises: male Sokatra and female Malila