Family: Testudinidae Adult Size: 15 to 40 lbs Range: Southwestern Madagascar. Habitat: Coastal scrub land. Captive Lifespan: More than 20 Years Dangerous: Care Level: Intermediate Overview. The radiated tortoise has always been a heavily sought after tortoise because of its large size and stunning radiated pattern. Radiated tortoises seem to be both polyandrous (one female to multiple males) and polygynous (one male to multiple females). During courtship, males fight for the females, attempting to roll each other onto their backs and ramming one another with the front of their shells.
The radiated tortoise has the basic tortoise body shape, which consists of the high-domed shell, a blunt head and elephantine feet. The legs, feet and head are yellow except for .