Speckled Padloper tortoise • Earth.com • Earth Image Gallery

Speckled Padloper tortoise, also known as Chersobius signatus, is the world’s smallest species of tortoise. These animals live in rocky outcrops, eating small succulents which exist between the rocks and which are easily accessed by them. The Speckled Padloper tortoise is threatened by traffic and habitat destruction, as well as poaching for the pet trade. This pet trade is very strict and illegal.

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