Project Description

(Geochelone sulcata)

The Sulcata Tortoise, also called the African Spurred Tortoise, inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert in northern Africa. It is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise.

Its shell reaches the size of a tractor tire and weighs more than 100lbs.

During the hottest part of the day, tortoises will dig dens up to 30′ deep to cool off. Moving mostly at night, the Sulcata Tortoise will travel 2 to 3 miles in search of food and water.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Northern Africa

Weight: 100 - 200 lbs

Size: 24 - 36 inches length

Lifespan: 50-150 years In the wild

Diet: The Sulcata Tortoise is a vegetarian. It relies on succulent plants for food and much of its water. In captivity, it will eat a variety of grasses, lettuce, berseem, and morning glory leaves.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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