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  • Common name:

    Radiated tortoise
  • ESF category:

    A
  • IUCN category:

    Critical endangered
  • CITES:

    INT - Appendix I
    EU - Appendix A
  • Registered animals:

    26
  • Studbook coordinators:

    Didier Laurent
    Laurens Woldring
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Species Description

The radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is a species in the family Testudinidae. Although this species is native to and most abundant in southern Madagascar, it can also be found in the rest of this island, and has been introduced to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. It is a very long-lived species, with recorded lifespans of at least 188 years. These tortoises are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, mainly because of the destruction of their habitat and because of poaching.