AnAge entry for Astrochelys radiata
Classification (HAGRID: 03395)
Class: Reptilia (Taxon entry)
Order: Testudines (Taxon entry)
- Astrochelys radiata
- Common name
- Radiated tortoise
- Geochelone radiata, Testudo radiata, Testudo coui, Testudo desertorum, Testudo hypselonota
Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits
- Maximum longevity
- 32.8 years (captivity)
- ref. 451
- Sample size
- Data quality
Although the longevity record for this species is 32.8 years , there is considerable anecdotal evidence that these animals are extremely long-lived, likely living more than a century. There are also anecdotal reports of one animal, called "Tui Malila", offered to the Tonga royal family by Captain Cook that might have lived 188 years. While these claims are unverified, it is likely that the maximum longevity of these animals is significantly underestimated.
Life history traits (averages)
- No information is available on life history. Please contact us if you wish to suggest or contribute data.
No information on metabolism is available.