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Radiated Tortoise - baby and adult, Palmarium, Madagascar <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87199/radiated_tortoise_-_family_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Radiated Tortoise - family, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87199_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=21C1V0oiijGKlsbPMDXy828zvOk%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Radiated Tortoise - family, Palmarium, Madagascar https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87198/radiated_tortoise_-_baby_and_adult_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87200/radiated_tortoise_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium. <br />
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Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they&#039;d likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They&#039;re simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar&#039;s dire economic conditions. <br />
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I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were &quot;fortunate&quot; to see it with our own eyes:<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38125/radiated_tortoises_mating_madagascar.html Africa,Astrochelys radiata,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Radiated tortoise,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87200/radiated_tortoise_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Radiated Tortoise, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87200_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=3s6mqDDKTDWor1aNT6d8fSXxjqA%3D" width="200" height="158" alt="Radiated Tortoise, Palmarium, Madagascar https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87198/radiated_tortoise_-_baby_and_adult_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87199/radiated_tortoise_-_family_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium. <br />
<br />
Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they&#039;d likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They&#039;re simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar&#039;s dire economic conditions. <br />
<br />
I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were &quot;fortunate&quot; to see it with our own eyes:<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38125/radiated_tortoises_mating_madagascar.html Africa,Astrochelys radiata,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Radiated tortoise,World" /></a></figure><br />
When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium. <br />
<br />
Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they&#039;d likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They&#039;re simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar&#039;s dire economic conditions. <br />
<br />
I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were &quot;fortunate&quot; to see it with our own eyes:<br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38125/radiated_tortoises_mating_madagascar.html" title="Radiated tortoises mating, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/38125_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=oUyJukKx7%2B%2B6wsZwdrivBcQZ6Po%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Radiated tortoises mating, Madagascar Working on their critically endangered status. Africa,Amber Mountain,Astrochelys radiata,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Radiated tortoise,Spring,World" /></a></figure> Africa,Astrochelys radiata,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Radiated tortoise,World Click/tap to enlarge

Radiated Tortoise - baby and adult, Palmarium, Madagascar

Radiated Tortoise - family, Palmarium, Madagascar https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87198/radiated_tortoise_-_baby_and_adult_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87200/radiated_tortoise_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium. <br />
<br />
Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they'd likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They're simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar's dire economic conditions. <br />
<br />
I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were "fortunate" to see it with our own eyes:<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38125/radiated_tortoises_mating_madagascar.html Africa,Astrochelys radiata,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Radiated tortoise,World

Radiated Tortoise, Palmarium, Madagascar https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87198/radiated_tortoise_-_baby_and_adult_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87199/radiated_tortoise_-_family_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium. <br />
<br />
Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they'd likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They're simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar's dire economic conditions. <br />
<br />
I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were "fortunate" to see it with our own eyes:<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38125/radiated_tortoises_mating_madagascar.html Africa,Astrochelys radiata,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Radiated tortoise,World

When you travel through Madagascar, it seems almost any reserve, hotel or accomodation is keeping these beautiful tortoises as pets. Same here in Palmarium.

Their conservation status in the wild is depressing though. Originally they only occur in the far south of Madagascar where they are massively poached and captured for the illegal pet trade. Without some private reserves there, they'd likely go extinct in the wild, or are already close to that. They're simply too easy of a prey in Madagascar's dire economic conditions.

I hope you do appreciate the tiny baby tortoise, even if born in captivity. It was born in rage, this species is known for the very noisy mating ritual. We once were "fortunate" to see it with our own eyes:

Radiated tortoises mating, Madagascar Working on their critically endangered status. Africa,Amber Mountain,Astrochelys radiata,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Radiated tortoise,Spring,World

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  1. That is SOOO cute! Posted 3 days ago

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The radiated tortoise is a species in the family Testudinidae. Although this species is native to and most abundant in southern Madagascar, it can be also be found in the rest of this island, and has been introduced to the islands of RĂ©union and Mauritius. As the radiated tortoises are herbivores, grazing constitutes 80-90% of their diet, while they also eat fruits and succulent plants. A favorite food in the wild is the ''Opuntia'' cactus. They are known to graze regularly in the same area, thus.. more

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
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Uploaded Dec 2, 2019. Captured Jul 21, 2019 15:00.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/1.4
  • 1/250s
  • ISO160
  • 85mm