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Latin name

 

Psammobates oculiferus

Family

 

Turtles

Size

 

Length 9 - 12 cm

Weight

 

-

Colour

 

The dark brown to black carapace is patterned with yellow-brown stripes radiating from the centre of each slightly raised shield or scute.

Appearance

 

Tent and geometric tortoises, but the shields of the Kalahari tent tortoise are not elevated into prominent tents or pyramids like those of the other two species, and are only fractionally raised. Also, each of the last four small shields on each side of the carapace ends in a unique, deeply serrated edge.

Habitat

 

Dry savanna and scrub desert.