Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Sauropsida
Order Testudines
Suborder Cryptodira
Family Testudinidae
Genus Centrochelys
Species C. sulcata
Scientific Name Centrochelys sulcata

African Spurred TortoiseOther Names

Sulcata tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise Description

  • The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise.
  • The tortoise is native to the Saharan Desert.
  • It spends the hottest hours in burrows.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 83 cm (33 in)
  • WEIGHT: 105 kg (231 lb)

Hatchlings

  • LENGTH: 2 – 3 inches

Habitat

Semiarid grasslands, thorn shrublands, savannas

Range

Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Eritrea, Chad, Mauritania, Sudan, Senegal, Ethiopia

Diet

Grasses, flowers, cactus pads, plants, hibiscus leaves, dandelions, fruits, snails, caterpillars

Incubation Period

90 – 120 days

Lifespan

50 – 150 years

Conservation Status

Vulnerable