Forstens Tortoise

Forstens Tortoise
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Scientific Name:  Indotestudo forstenii

 IdentificationAdult Forsten’s tortoises are typically about 11-13" and 5 - 6 pounds. Males and Females tend to be about the same size; however females do get a little wider than males and show more of a rounded aspect than the elongated feature of the male. Large scales cover the anterior parts of the tortoise’s front legs, but its hind legs lack this protection. Males’ tails are larger and longer than females’. A small keratinous hook tips the end of the tail. Males also have slightly concave plastrons; females’ plastrons are completely flat. Tremendous color variability occurs in this species. The shell’s base color is generally caramel-colored to dark yellowish-brown with blotches of black on each scute, but some tortoises appear totally caramel-colored and others nearly completely black. The unarmored skin is gray to yellow, and the head is yellow-tan except in breeding season. Both sexes take on a pinkish color around the nostrils and eyes at this time. Its large eyes are well-adapted to low-light levels.

Range: Found only on the islands of Sulawesi and Halmahera in Indonesia

Diet: In the wild this tortoise has an omnivorous diet in the wild consisting of fruits, leafy greens, worms, slugs and carrion. Captives can be fed a minimal amount of biologically appropriate raw foods, dog food or whole-prey items twice a month. Do not feed meat as a part of the tortoise’s daily diet. Occasional earthworms and other insects are much appreciated. Forsten’s tortoises also forage for insects in their outdoor habitats. Wild-caught animals actively seek out yellow foods, such as corn and squash.

Overall, this species does best in naturally humid climates outdoors. For tortoisekeepers in areas not naturally humid, timers and a misting system can be utilized to artificially create this kind of environment. They appear to be cold-tolerant and are active on days exceeding 70 degrees. They do not appreciate bright lighting and tend to hide at midday.

Forsten's tortoises are most active at dawn and dusk. Pairs engage in a relatively aggressive courtship, when the male will often ram his mate and bite her head and legs. The female lays a clutch of one to four eggs in a flask-shaped nest in the soil, covering up the eggs by scraping soil back over the hole with her back legs and then flattening it.

The Forsten’s tortoise is categorized as Endangered by the World Conservation Union. The species has undergone an estimated population decline of 70 percent within the last three generations mostly due to local consumption and export for the pet trade.

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