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Parrot-beaked Padloper

Homopus areolatus


A very small tortoise. It has a sharp, distinctly hooked beak and the noses of the males become bright orange or red in the breeding season.


It is endemic to the Republic of South Africa and is found specifically in the Western Cape Province. Normally associated with stony or rocky areas - horizontal rock crevices provide important protection from predators and temperature extremes.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

What a beautiful tortoise!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Interesting tortoise. Beautiful.

Spotted by

Cape Agulhas Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 6, 2011
Submitted on May 23, 2013

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