ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION
Interesting Facts and Features
Despite the fact that many Radiated Tortoises are eaten in Madagascar, it is actually people coming from other parts of the island, as the local tribes living alongside Radiated Tortoises believe there is a taboo against both touching and eating them.
Radiated Tortoise Expedition
Predators and Threats
Radiated Tortoises have a couple of defence mechanisms to try to protect them seeing that they can't run away, including making a loud screeching sound and the ability to pull their soft limbs and head inside their hard shells. Humans are however, the biggest threat to the Radiated Tortoise both through habitat destruction and exploitation.
Conservation Status and Life Today
Radiated Tortoise Conservation Status and Life Today Due to a dramatic fall in population numbers, the Radiated Tortoise has been listed as being Critically Endangered and is therefore under severe threat from becoming extinct in the wild forever.
1) Site A-Z-Animals: http://a-z-animals.com/animals/radiated-tortoise-/
2) YouTube user "Turtle Survival Alliance: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF762cslQ-v_zkfQTMsMwFw
3) Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiated_tortoise