- They can pull their head and feet into their shell when threatened. They will emit a hissing sound to warn off predators.
- They are most active during early morning and early evening hours, when the temperature is most moderate (crepuscular).
- Adapted to easily maneuver over rocky terrain.
- Among land tortoises, they have the longest incubation period – with some records indicating an incubation of more than 400 days.
Widespread throughout their range, but they are hunted and consumed locally for food.