African Spurred Tortoise
Southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Africa
Semi-arid grasslands, scrub, and savanna
Grasses, weeds, cactus
Up to 240 lbs.
Avg. 24 - 30 in.
90 – 100 days
15 - 30 eggs
- 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.
Its population has declined rapidly due to habitat loss.
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