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