Spider Tortoise

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Spider Tortoise

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Spiker Tortoise is Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides


  • The pattern of the shell looks like a spider web.
  • These tortoises are most active in the morning. Feeding in the morning is good.
  • In the late afternoon and evening, they seem not to be so active and try to seek a shaded place to hide and rest.
  • Provide a place for them to hide. They need a certain level of security.
  • Naturally, they will dig for a place to hide and shade.
  • They do not need large space.
  • The tortoise needs constant access to water, and regular soaking is required.
  • In captivity, they are quite sensitive, try to take extra care for these tortoises.
  • Keeping this species as a pet is only recommended for experienced tortoises keepers.


  • Naturally found in Madagascar.

Breeding and Nesting

  • Normally single egg from a clutch.


  • Adult size from 6 inches to 8 inches.

Life Span

  • 30 to 50 years.


  • They are herbivorous. This tortoise only takes vegetables and fruits.
  • You may feed them with any fruits and vegetables.
  • Vegetables such as cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, or mushrooms will be good for them.
  • If you prefer to feed them with fruits. Green or yellow squash, apple, pear, or melons are recommended.
  • Flowers and leaves are their favorite as well.
  • A mixture of the above is recommended to provide more balanced nutritious food.
  • They are quite picky about the food and try several mixtures to get their favorite.

Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • Dessert-like habitat – dry woodlands, sand dunes, or brushlands.
  • The natural habitat temperature for this tortoise is ranging from 4°C to 42°C.
  • Thus try to keep them within 14°C to 33°C.
  • The optimum temperature is around 28°C.
  • In terms of humidity, they enjoy 75% to 78%.