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  • Seeing a nearly 50 percent decrease in population over the past decade, this is the radiated tortoise.

  • Endemic to the dry southern forests of Madagascar, the radiated tortoise has an amazingly long lifespan.

  • The oldest tortoise on record reached an estimated 188 years old.

  • Their shell is domed and highly intricate, with bright yellow star patterns radiating outwards on each plate.

  • The shells have both blood vessels and nerves.

  • Meaning that it can feel when it's being touched.

  • The sharp decline in the tortoise's population is mostly due to hunting and the black market pet trade.

  • In Madagascar, their meat is considered a delicacy, and illegal poaching has decimated wild populations.

  • Additionally, their distinctive markings on their shells have made them desirably as pets.

  • It's estimated that a staggering quarter-of-a-million radiated tortoises are harvested each year.

  • Conservationists estimate these animals could go extinct in less than 20 years.

  • This is the radiated tortoise.

Seeing a nearly 50 percent decrease in population over the past decade, this is the radiated tortoise.

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This Tortoise Could Be Extinct in 20 Years

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/02/24
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