TortoiseForum.org - Scroll through this thread to find a nice unboxing video featuring a new spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoids) that recently arrived at theTurtleRoom, as well as some interesting information...
Last Stand of the Madagascan Spider Tortoise
The Reptile Report - The spider tortoise – one of the rarest tortoises in the world – is the equivalent of a microwave meal for the Mikea, a hardy Madagascan forest tribe.
The method is simple: bury tortoise in heated sand, wait 20 minutes, slurp superheated innards.
“It even comes in its own bowl,” explains Solo, a seasoned tortoise hunter, although, he adds, “It’s hard to get big or fat or full from eating such small animals.”
Due to the Mikea and a slew of other threats, the spider tortoise is hurtling towards extinction. Could a newly identified population rescue them from the brink or are the odds against them too high?
Under a worst case scenario, scientists calculate that spider tortoises could disappear in a matter of a few decades: less than a single tortoise’s lifespan.
Read the full story after the jump.@ the online source