The majority of the flat-shelled tortoise’s range now occurs within the recently designated Menabe Antimena protected area, which offers some hope that a significant proportion of its remaining habitat will be preserved (6). Other protected areas of forest occur within this species’ range, such as the special Andranomena Forest Reserve and private Analabe Reserve, but regulations are believed to have been rarely enforced and the precise status of the species in these areas is currently unknown (2).
The flat-shelled spider tortoise has proven difficult to breed in captivity (2). Thus, creating an effective and sustainable captive-breeding programme to supply demand or to fuel reintroduction efforts would appear difficult. The flat-shelled spider tortoise was raised from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES in 2003, banning all international trade in wild-caught specimens (3), which is thought to have been largely successful, although some illegal collection from the forest is still suspected to continue (2) (6).