Striking shells webbed with spider-like markings unfortunately make the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoise attractive to poachers.
The tortoises are opportunistic browsers, stopping for an occasional bite to eat while moving from point to point. They do not hibernate, and they enjoy temperatures from the mid 50's to mid 80's, and an average humidity level of 77%. The tortoises require constant access to water for soaking. They are most active in the morning, shortly after sunrise, and then they seek out shade until late afternoon. They are found in the extreme southern portion of Madagascar.
Threats: habitat loss, illegal trade, human-wildlife conflict
The Zoo is protecting Madagascar spider tortoises in partnership with Turtle Survival Alliance.
Also known as the northern spider tortoise, this species is considered critically endangered, due to the degradation of its habitat and harvesting for international pet trade.
Very little information is given. One egg is laid.