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Parrot-beaked Padloper (Homopus areolatus) | ©cowyeow

Parrot-beaked Padloper (Homopus areolatus) found in Western Cape, South Africa.

This species is native to South Africa, it is threatened and also one of the smallest tortoises in the world (they reach a length of only about 12 cm long.).

Reptilia - Testudines - Cryptodira - Testudinidae - Homopus - H. areolatus

A fine specimen of a male Parrot-beaked Tortoise (Homopus areolatus), you can tell this is a male by his coloration and pronounced nose which will become much brighter during the breeding season. This small South African species is threatened is threatened n the wild due to habitat destruction, traffic on roads, and introduced species.