Radiated Tortoises are diurnal as they prefer warmer temperatures. They drink a lot of water whenever they get the opportunity, though they can go long periods without. During the hot season, they dig a hole in the ground and take refuge as a way to avoid dehydration and the excessive heat. During breeding season, rival males fight and attempt to roll each other onto their backs. They initiate courtship with head-bobbing and smelling the female’s hind legs, which is followed by energetic circling and butting the female’s carapace.
- Tortoise and turtle shells have a blood and nerve supply that allows them to feel when they are being touched
- Radiated tortoises earn their name for the pattern of yellow lines radiating from the center of each scute