Latest Radiated tortoise Stories
A 38-year-old man from Thailand was arrested at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok for attempting to smuggle critically endangered tortoises out of the country.
REIMS, France, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar.
A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar's radiated tortoise â€“ considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species â€“ is rapidly nearing extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade.
Madagascarâ€™s turtles and tortoises, which rank among the most endangered reptiles on earth, will continue to crawl steadily toward extinction unless major conservation measure are enacted, according to a recent assessment by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups.
A 176-year-old tortoise believed to be one of the world's oldest living creatures has died in an Australian zoo.
The Radiated Tortoise, Geochelone radiata, is a species of tortoise in the genus Geochelone. Although native to southern Madagascar, it has been introduced to the rest of the country and also the islands of Reunion and Mauritius. These tortoises are herbivores and 80 to 90% of their diet is from grazing. It is considered one of the most beautiful tortoises in the world. It is also endangered due to destruction of its habitat and from poaching.
The Indian Star Tortoise, Geochelone elegans, is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. Although raising these animals in captivity is extremely difficult, this species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. The Indian Star Tortoise has a convex shell with its dorsal shields often forming humps. Its head is moderate with a swollen convex forehead and covered with small irregular shields. The shell is black with yellow radiating streaks that...
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