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One of the smallest tortoises in the world, the northern spider tortoise is also one of the most endangered.  The future of this tiny tortoise is jeopardized by habitat destruction and overcollection for the pet trade.

spider tortoise in lettuce

Did You Know?

Spider tortoises like to chomp on cow dung that’s filled with insect larvae.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Pyxis arachnoides brygooi

Southwestern Madagascar

Spiny forests and sandy coastal areas

20-40 years

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Leaves, fruits, insects

Risk Status:
Critically endangered