Angoloca tortoise, also known as plough turtle, is one of the top ten endangered animals in the world. At present, there are less than 1000 surviving individuals, which can only be found in a small area of Madagascar. The suitable living environment of angoloca is the weed land and Bush on the edge of bamboo forest. Their native land is in the dry forest in the northeast of Madagascar.
Angoloca is called a plowshare turtle because their laryngeal shield protrudes like a plowshare. Adult males will use it in the fight for mating rights, and males will compete with each other even before they are interested in mating. The “plow” will be used to turn over the opponent. Only after winning a victory will the male turtle look for his mating partner.
Chinese Name: angoloca tortoise
Alias: angoloca tortoise, Madagascar tortoise, plow turtle
Latin scientific name: Geochelone yniphora
Biological classification: chordate, Reptilia, turtles, tortoises, tortoises, angoloca.
Distribution: they can only be found in a small area of Madagascar.
Living habits: they like to live in herbaceous and leafy shrubs, where they can easily find food and shelter. From May to October, when the weather is cooler and the climate is drier (Madagascar is in the southern hemisphere), they like to hide in the haystacks and bushes rather than dig holes to avoid the cold like other turtles.
Feeding habits: herbivorous, fed once in the morning and once in the evening.
Adult size: the newly hatched angoloca is only the size of a table tennis ball, and the maximum adult back armor can reach 17 inches
Breeding characteristics: courtship and mating are carried out from October to February. The peak is November and December. Before mating, the male turtle will walk around the female turtle. After about 5 to 30 times, the male turtle starts to hit the female turtle from the front, and sometimes bites the female turtle’s head and forelimbs. Then the male turtle uses its expanded front belly armor to insert under the female turtle’s belly armor, leg socket or head socket, and then hangs the female turtle with the front belly armor. Usually, the female turtle will be overturned. After that, mating began. By the age of about 20, the tortoise began to mate and reproduce. In each breeding season, a female angoloca can lay up to 7 nests, and the number of eggs in each nest ranges from 2 to 6.
Feeding difficulty: relatively difficult
Hibernate or not: no hibernate
Price: usually above 15000 yuan, but very rare.