Juvenile Eastern Hinge back tortoise

We found this tiny, juvenile Eastern Hinge back tortoise (Kinixys zombensis) crossing the exit road on our Reserve and placed it safely in the bush.

It is one of the many Red Data species found on Suni-ridge Reserve. It is recorded to be vulnerable, considered rare and the species is registered on Cites appendix 2. It has a number of threats outside protected areas where its habitat has been removed for agriculture. The female would lay up to two eggs in April and they hatch in September. The hatchling will weigh between 8 to 10 grams. The Eastern Hinge Back Tortoise is omnivorous and feeds on plants and invertebrates.

We are pleased to ensure that it has a protected habitat at Suni-Ridge.

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