The Geometric Tortoise can be found in all of South Africa's Cape Province. When it is full grown this tortoise is about 5-6 inches in diameter. When the female is read to lay eggs she digs a hole in the ground and covers it with grass or other vegetation.
The Geometric Tortoise is endangered because the South African people eat it's eggs. Traders capture the adults for their shells. These shells are used to make many different decorative items. The Geometric Tortoise is also threatened by mammals that prey on the adults and eggs for food.
The South African government has set aside restricted park lands for the Geometric Tortoise. There are also laws that prohibit the capture and the taking of it's eggs.