Zombensis (Kinixys zombensis)
Range-Somalia to Republic of South Africa only inhabiting eastern regions of Africa. There range does not go much further from east to west by about 350 or so kilometers inland from the coast.
Habitat-Savanas where the zombensis are found has such a diverse geographical comprise. The land survey can depict from grasslands to rocky hillsides with gorges in between. Primarily the areas very the zombensis are found is along the small forest or tree clusters along rocky, hilly, and grasslands for food consumption. The variety of plants is very diverse as well from many succulents to dry grasses and evergreen like brush.
Diet-Little is known about the gut contents of wild specimens as for exact plant species. They are known to forage on some grasses, succulents, and broad leaf plants. A good amount their diet is also beetles, worms, and snails and sometimes carrion. These species are seed propogators of grasses and seeded fruits in the savannah in Eastern Africa. These species are very active during the early hours of the morning when fog and light rain occurs during the wet season. They will consume lots of fungi and broad leafed weeds during this time.
Size-Male zombensis reach 8-9″ and females up to 12+”some specimens have been recorded much larger, but those were very old small percentage of general population size.
Conservation-Listed IUCN near threatened. Although they are considered to be a vulnerable species in our program. Conservation is still viewed a need for this species. Data is not recorded as a high priority for this species, so inconclusive findings, leads us to believe they still need captive assurance breeding programs.