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Pancake Tortoise Malacochersus tornieri

From: Kenya and Tanzania

Habitat:
Rocky hills, arid thorn bush and savanna

Status:
Threatened

Food in Wild:
A variety of vegetation

Adult Size:
16-18cm in length

Reproduction: Mating occurs in January/February - a single egg is laid in July

Adult Pancake Tortoise

Photo by Andy Smyth, Photographer. ©


This species has a soft flattened shell and takes refuge in rocky crevices when disturbed. Exploitation for the pet trade has been the main threat to this tortoise, but has ceased in Kenya since a ban on exports was imposed in 1981. The clearance of scrubland for farming is now the most serious threat.