African Spurred Tortoise


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African Spurred Tortoise

Common Name: African Spurred Tortoise
Scientific Name: Centrochelys sulcata

At the zoo: Boris (male, 21y), Optimus (male, 20y), and Big Pie (male, 10y); you can find them near the front of the zoo beside the giraffes.

African spurred tortoises inhabit hot arid environments like desert fringes and dry savannahs in the sub-Saharan deserts of Africa.

Grasses, shrubs, and desert plants

Median Life Expectancy:
50 - 150 years

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Living in the sub-Saharan deserts of Africa, African spurred tortoises are the third largest tortoise next to the Galapagos and Aldabra tortoise species. They have a broad, oval, brown carapace with thick brownish-yellow skin. They can be aggressive, especially during breeding season. The female will dig a nest and lay 15-30 eggs which she then covers. The eggs will incubate for 8 months before hatching.

They face habitat loss due to urbanization and agriculture in their region, as well as capture of young juveniles for the pet trade.

Fun Fact:
Some African cultures regard these tortoises as mediators between men and gods!

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Categories: Reptiles-Insects-Arachnids-Fish


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