AnAge entry for Astrochelys radiata

Classification (HAGRID: 03395)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Reptilia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Testudines (Taxon entry)
                Family: Testudinidae
                    Genus: Astrochelys
Species
Astrochelys radiata
Common name
Radiated tortoise
Synonyms
Geochelone radiata, Testudo radiata, Testudo coui, Testudo desertorum, Testudo hypselonota

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
32.8 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 451
Sample size
Large
Data quality
Questionable
Observations

Although the longevity record for this species is 32.8 years [0451], 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)

Female sexual maturity
Male sexual maturity
Adult weight
10,217 g

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 949442
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