radiated tortoise

This beautiful tortoise lives in the deserts of Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa. This reptile gets its name from the bright yellow "radiating" (star) pattern on its shell. In the wild, these tortoises eat grasses, cacti, and shrubs. They are endangered due to the destruction of their habitat and because people buy them illegally as pets.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH, spectrum of life in Hall of Biodiversity.