The hinge on this tortoise’s shell, which gives it its name, is unique to only 4 species of tortoises in the world!
The Bell’s hingeback tortoise is actively hunted for food and traditional medicine throughout its range and is especially popular in Nigeria.
During the breeding season, females will excavate a hole where she will lay up to 45 eggs over the breeding season. Only around 10 eggs are laid at a time. When they hatch, the young tortoises are only 1.5 inches long!