- 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.
- 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%.