Although it primarily eats grasses, the Radiated Tortoise is an opportunistic feeder and consumes a wide range of plant and animal matter.
It is endemic to the spiny forest of Madagascar, which is a dry forest with low, irregular rainfall.
Traditionally avoided by indigenous tribes, these tortoises are now routinely harvested for food. As a result, they are facing extinction in the wild. Other threats to the species include habitat loss and capture and collection for the pet industry.
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