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  • - [Narrator] This is the Spider tortoise.

  • These little guys are so endangered that scientists say

  • that they could completely vanish in the next 15 years.

  • The Spider tortoise is hard to find.

  • For one, they're tiny.

  • One of the smallest known land-turtles,

  • rarely reaching more than six inches in length.

  • Another reason, they only inhabit a tiny sliver

  • of Madagascar's southwestern coast.

  • Their name comes from the web-like patterns on their shells.

  • During the dry season, they bury themselves in the sand,

  • and reemerge when it rains

  • to feed on leaves, roots, and insects.

  • Just because they're tiny doesn't mean they're young.

  • They're estimated to live up to 70 years in the wild.

  • These little guys are up against a lot.

  • The largest concern is that they are still hunted locally

  • for food, but the illegal pet trade, and shrinking habitat,

  • are all threats to their survival.

  • This is the Spider tortoise.

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A Tiny Tortoise That Needs a Big Hand: The Spider Tortoise

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/15
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