Tortoise, African Spurred

Tortoise, African Spurred

Geochelone sulcata

Vital Statistics

Height:

24 - 36 inches long

Weight:

Male: up to 200 lbs; Female: up to 100 lbs

Diet:

Whole chicory, escarole, dandelion greens and shredded carrots

Conservation:

Status: Vulnerable

Geographic Region

Woodlands, semi-desert grass and shrub lands of the Sahara Desert near the southern edge of North Africa

At The Zoo

Fabric of Africa

Did You Know?

They do not have teeth, but have sharp jaws to cut food.