Our local Land Tortoise (Geochelone carbonarla) commonly called the Molocoy, was introduced to St Lucia many years ago. The hard shell of the Molocoy is divided into large scales with a row of small ones around the edge. The shell forms the only protection for the Molocoy and it withdraws its head at the first sign of disturbance.
In the cool of the evening or after a shower of rain, they emerge from their borrows to feed on fruit, succulent grasses and carrion.
They mate throughout the year and the female may lay, in a shallow hole which she digs in soft earth, up to 3 clutches of white round eggs a year. The eggs hatch in about 6 months and the little ones crawl out of the loose soil. The adults grow to about 2 feet in length and take many years to attain this size.