SULCATA TORTOISE

Centrochelys 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 100 lbs. 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.

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 morningglory
leaves.

FAST FACTS

Size: 24 – 36 inches length
Weight: 100 – 200 lbs
Lifespan: 50 – 150 years in
the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

VULNERABLE