Common Name: African spurred tortoise
Scientific Name: Centrochelys sulcata
At the zoo: Boris (male, 18y) and Optimus (male, 17y)
African spurred tortoises inhabit hot arid environments like desert fringes and dry savannahs along the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.
Succulent plants and grasses
Median Life Expectancy:
African spurred tortoises are the largest of the African mainland tortoises. 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.
Some African cultures regard these tortoises as mediators between men and gods!