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Speckled cape tortoise

(Homopus signatus)

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Description

The males of H.signatus measure 6–8 cm (2.4–3.1 in) in straight carapace length,while the larger females measure up to almost 10 cm (3.9 in);they weigh about 95–165 g (3.4–5.8 oz).This species has a flattened shell with slightly serrated edges.The orange-brown shell is covered in hundreds of black spots.The males have a noticeably concave belly. This tiny tortoise can be distinguished from the other Homopus species by its speckles,and by five toes on its fore feet (unlike many of its relatives,which have four toes on all four feet)

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Testudinidae
Genus:Homopus
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