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Angulate / Angulated tortoise, Chersina angulata

A beautiful Angulate / Angulated tortoise (Chersina angulata) hatchling.

Angulate / Angulated tortoise, Chersina angulata

Angulate tortoise hatchling.

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Adult female Angulate.

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Angulates are often called (South African) Bowsprit tortoises.

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They are also known as the Cape Angulate tortoises.

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They have beautiful shells decorated with dots and triangles.

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Angulate tortoises are said to prefer dry, sandy habitats. They are native to South Africa. This species should not be confused with the Madagascar Angulated Tortoise aka Angonoka or Ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora).

gular shield

Male Angulate tortoises use their long gular shields to overturn each other when fighting over females. Because Angulates are "fighting tortoises," males cannot be housed together. This male is a subadult, so his gular shield is still fairly short. It will grow longer as he matures.

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Here's the same male a few years later as an adult. Notice how much longer the gular shield has grown.

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Adult Angulates.

 

Angulate tortoise photos p1, p2, p3

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