Pretty Clean Spider tortoise for sale is named for the web-like pattern of yellow lines on its dark brown or black carapace, or shell. It has a dark head with yellow spots and a yellow, semi-hinged plastron that allows the tortoise to pull its head and front legs into its shell for protection. The tortoise’s legs and tail are generally brown. Males are slightly smaller than females and also have longer, thicker tails with a more developed terminal spine than females.
Pretty Clean Spider tortoise for sale spend time under vegetation to regulate their body temperature. They are most active during the wet season from November to April when vegetation is plentiful. During the dry season, these tortoises may aestivate—or enter a period of dormancy similar to hibernation—by burrowing into the sand.
Size of the spider tortoise
Pretty Clean Spider tortoise for sale carapace can grow up to about 7 inches (17 centimeters). It is the smallest of the four endemic tortoise species of Madagascar. Females average just less than 5 inches (12 centimeters) in length and are usually slightly larger than males, which average 4.5 inches (11 centimeters).
Native Habitat of Pretty Clean Spider tortoise
Food/Eating Habits of Pretty Clean Spider tortoise for sale
The Clean Spider tortoise eat grasses, young leaves, roots, insects and even cow dung that contains insect larvae. At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, they eat a prepared salad comprised of mixed leafy greens, such as collard greens, kale and chicory. They are also fed tortoise pellets.
Reproduction and Development of Pretty Clean Spider tortoise
Little is known about spider tortoise reproduction. When the wet season arrives and their dormancy period ends, they begin to look for a mate. Female spider tortoises only lay one egg per clutch, so populations cannot quickly recover from a decrease in numbers. The Clean Spider tortoise eggs incubate for about 220 to 250 days before hatching.
Lifespan of Pretty Clean Spider tortoise
Although no hard data exists, The Clean Spider tortoise are believed to live up to 70 years.