IUCN Red List status:

Critically Endangered

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With their star patterned shells, radiated tortoises are considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful species of tortoise!

Native to and found mostly in Southern Madagascar, they are critically endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species. The current population of radiated tortoises are depleting, due to habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal pet trade.
Females lay between 5 to 12 eggs which are buried in a hole and there follows a lengthy incubation period of between 5 and 8 months.
The radiated tortoise has a long lifespan. In fact it has been recorded that one lived until it was an incredible 188 years old.

The OLDEST radiated tortoise recorded lived to an incredible 188 years old
Radiated tortoises are THREATENED by habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal pet trade