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African Spurred Tortoise

Geochelone sulcata

NATURAL HABITAT
The African spurred tortoise lives in hot arid regions ranging from desert fringes to dry savannahs.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Grasses and plants
IN THE ZOO – Greens, hay, vegetables and specially formulated tortoise chow

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Largest tortoise on the African mainland
  • Will dig themselves into the ground to survive extended periods of drought
  • Females lay 15 to 30 eggs
  • Can be very aggressive, especially during mating season
  • Males can be seen ramming into each other in attempts to flip one another over