Spekes Hinged Tortoise




Vital Statistics

Name
Speke’s Hinge-Back Tortoise [Kinixys spekii]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Length_F
140 - 160 mm
Length_M
140 - 160 mm

Description

A medium-sized tortoise with a smooth, depressed carapace with a well developed hinge. The shell of juveniles has a zonary pattern with concentric light and dark zones. These may persist in adult males while the dark zones break up in adult females.

Distribution

Savannas of central and Eastern Africa, through Zimbabwe to North Western and Northern provinces of South Africa, and along the lowveld and Mozambique coastal plain as far south as Swaziland.

Breeding

Clutch size varies from 2 - 6 eggs.

Diet

Varied; syzygium and other fruit, mushrooms, giant land snails, beetles and pill millipedes.



 
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