Radiated Tortoise

Scientific Name:

  • Geochelone radiata
  • Synonyms:Testudo radiata, Asterochelys radiata


  • Also known as Radiator
  • CITES listing: Class I (01/07/1975)
  • Radiated Tortoise has the following characteristics:
    1. Radiated and hig-domed carapace – lines radiating from the center of the dark shell plate
    2. A blunt head
    3. Elephantine feet
  • Almost as same as Star Tortoise but larger size and different shell pattern design


  • Point of origin is exotic island of Madagascar
  • Can be located at most southern and southwestern part of Madagascar, Mauritius & Reunion


  • When male tortoise reaches 31 cm, and female tortoise reaches few cm longer
  • Normally male will fight during breeding season to get its partner


  • 3 to 12 spherical brittle-shelled eggs per nest
  • Incubation is from 5 to 8 months
  • Juveniles are between 3 to 4 cm upon hatching


  • Up to 16 inches (42 cm)
  • Up to 35 pounds (16 kgs)

Life Span:

  • Up to 50 years


  • Herbivore
  • Fruits, succulent plants, flowers, and grasses
  • Favorite food is Opuntia cactus
  • Mixture of kale, chicory, and collard greens is also acceptable

Tortoise Habitat and Vivarium Housing:

  • These tortoises are found naturally in the most southern and southwestern part of Madagascar
  • Distributed nearby of island of Reunion