Spider Tortoise

Pyxis arachnoides archnoides

Animal Class: Reptiles

Length: 5-6 inches

Diet: Wild: vegetation (opportunistic grazers)

Habitat: Spider tortoises are native to dry regions of southern and western Madagascar.

Description: Spider tortoises have extreme variation in shell patterns, but the overall pattern effect resembles a spider web, hence the species common name. The carapace is domed and yellow with dark brown or black markings. The plastron is light and devoid of markings.

They are endangered, largely due to poaching, the illegal pet trade and loss of habitat.

Conservation Status: Endangered

Our Animals: Paco and Ocap. These animals are also Ambassador Animals.