Common Name: African spurred tortoise
Scientific Name: Centrochelys sulcata

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:
54 years

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.

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