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BELL’S HINGEBACK TORTOISE
 
 
BELL'S HINGEBACK TORTOISE

BELL’S HINGEBACK TORTOISE

(Kinixys belliana)

Description

The Bell’s hingeback tortoise is a medium sized species of tortoise, reaching a maximum shell length of around 8 inches. Their name derives from the moveable hinge that they possess at the base of the top part of their shell. This hinge allows them to completely tuck away their hind legs and tail when threatened. The shell of the Bell’s hingeback tortoise is typically yellow with brown or black markings.

Habitat & Distribution

The Bell’s hingeback tortoise is widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa and can be found in woodlands, savannah, scrubland and dry bush regions.

Diet

A variety of vegetation, fruit, fungi and small invertebrates.

Conservation Status

Not evaluated.