African Spurred Tortoise

Spur-thigh Tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise
Centrochelys sulcata


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Testudinidae

Range

Southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Africa


Habitat

Semi-arid grasslands, scrub, and savanna


Diet

Grasses, weeds, cactus

Weight

Up to 240 lbs.

Size

Avg. 24 - 30 in.

Incubation

90 – 100 days

Clutch

15 - 30 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • They are the third largest living tortoise species.
  • These solitary and territorial reptiles will compete with other tortoises that encroach on their feeding grounds or burrowing areas.
  • Fights consist of ramming shells and trying to flip one another over.
  • This species is an excellent digger. Their burrows provide shelter during the dry and rainy seasons.
  • African spurred tortoises will dig burrows underground to create a cooler and moister sheltered environment in order to regulate their body temperature in the heat.

 

Conservation

Its population has declined rapidly due to habitat loss.

Vulnerable
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