These animals have the standard tortoise build of thick, stocky legs, a domed shell, and a blunt snout. What sets them apart however, are the beautiful star patterns on their shells. Starting from the center of each black shell plate, multiple lines of gold-yellow radiate outwards to make a starburst pattern, earning the Radiated Tortoise not only its name, but its reputation as one of the most beautiful tortoises in the world.
- As grazing makes up 80-90% of their diet, these tortoises are most often seen wandering around in search of food.
- As reptiles, they take full advantage of the sun to warm up in the mornings, and seek shade to keep cool when temperatures rise.