Leopard Tortoise
February 13, 2016
Common Chimpanzee
February 13, 2016
Scientific name:
Kinixys belliana
Identification:
Up to 22 cm. A brown, yellow and brown or yellow and black tortoise, the shell is rounded at the back and slopes gently forwards. There is a hinge at the back of the carapace.
Habitat:
Dry to moist savanna and coastal thicket, from the sea level to nearly 2000 metres altitude.
Behaviour:
Diurnal, most active during rainy season. Spends atnight in holes, in rock crackes or under boulders.
Food:
Omnivorous, eating plants, invertebrates and carrion.
Reproduction:
Males fight in the breeding season. Lays two to seven eggs, roughly 3 cm diameter.