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Chersobius boulengeri

Chersobius boulengeri has a shell shape that is very similar to Chersobius signatus, but may grow slightly larger (up to 13 cm). However, the carapace pattern is entirely different. Chersobius boulengeri has a uniformly coloured carapace, which may be yellow, brown, or reddish. The plastron of males is concave, and both sexes may have buttock tubercles. Females of this species probably produce single-egg clutches.

Chersobius boulengeri male and female.

Chersobius boulengeri male and female, plastron view.

In the wild
The species occurs in the Karoo (South Africa), roughly from Pearston and Wolwefontein in the east, to Sutherland and Carnarvon in the west. Most of the range receives summer rainfall. Chersobius boulengeri is restricted to rocky habitats, where is may inhabitat ironstone as well as sandstone areas. This species has not been studied, and its biology is almost entirely unknown. Dwarf Tortoise Conservation started a comprehensive study in 2018.

Chersobius boulengeri in its natural habitat.

Sympatrically occurring Karoo Tent Tortoise, Psammobates tentorius tentorius.

Distribution range of Chersobius boulengeri (from Branch 1998).

In captivity
Dwarf Tortoise Conservation does not have experience with husbandry of this species, and there appear to be no published reports of husbandry elsewhere. Since all other dwarf tortoises can be kept in captivity successfully, and because of the striking (morphological and presumably ecological) resemblance of this species with C. signatus, there are no reasons to expect that this species cannot be kept and bred successfully.