Madagascaran Spider Tortoise

[Pyxis arachnoides brygooi]

Yay3fb4qj3wmhctqdda7 The Madagascaran spider tortoise is one of the smallest land tortoises with a shell length that reaches 6 inches. It's name comes from the yellow markings on its shell that resembles spider webs. This is an endangered species due to habitat loss.

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Range
The Madagascaran spider tortoises range is the island of Madagascar.
Habitat
The Madagascaran spider tortoise inhabits tropical deciduous forests.
Gestation
Very little information is given. One egg is laid
Litter
One egg is laid
Behavior
Madagascaran spider tortoises are opportunistic browsers, stopping for an occasional bite to eat while moving from point to point. They do not hibernate, and they enjoy temperatures from the mid 50's to mid 80's, and an average humidity level of 77%. The tortoises require constant access to water for soaking. They are most active in the morning, shortly after sunrise, and then they seek out shade until late afternoon. They are found in the extreme southern portion of Madagascar.
Reproduction
Very little information on the breeding behavior of the Madagascaran spider tortoise is known. One egg is laid.
Wild Diet
Fruits, herbaceous & succulent plants
Zoo Diet
Fruits & vegetables, assorted greens and supplements
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