Home's hinge-back tortoise

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Home's hinge-back tortoise
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Kinixys
Species: K. homeana
Binomial name
Kinixys homeana
Bell, 1827
Synonyms[1]
  • Kinixys homeana
    Bell, 1827
  • Cinixys homeana
    Wagler, 1830
  • Testudo (Kinyxis) homeana
    — Gray, 1831
  • Kinixys belliana homeana
    Nutaphand, 1979

Home's hinge-back tortoise (Kinixys homeana) is a species of turtle in the family Testudinidae. The species is endemic to Africa.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, homeana, is in honor of English surgeon and naturalist Everard Home.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

K. homeana is found in Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and possibly Togo.

Habitat[edit]

The natural habitats of Home's hinge-back tortoise are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and plantations.

Ecology and life history[edit]

The hinge-back is naturally attracted to red or pink flowers. They prefer low light and often move in early morning or dusk, preferring to stay hidden the rest of the day.

Diet

In captivity diet may include, banana, guava, watermelon, black mushrooms, cooked sweet potato, cooked potato, cooked or raw squash.

Conservation status[edit]

K. homeana is threatened by habitat loss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 286. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Kinixys homeana, p. 125).

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