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Angkor
Reptile Temple

Sulcata tortoise

The Sulcata tortoise is also known as ‘The African spurred tortoise.’ It lives in hot, arid regions ranging from the desert fringes to dry savannahs, where permanent water supplies are usually lacking and is the largest tortoise of the African mainland.

From the moment they hatch, African spurred tortoises are very aggressive towards one another, and especially so at breeding times. Males in particular can commonly be seen ramming into each other and attempting to flip one another over. Sulcata tortoises are the third largest species of tortoise in the world behind the Galapagos Tortoise and the Aldabra Giant Tortoise.

DID YOU KNOW? Tortoise are very intelligent and can even be trained.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Plants and annual grasses.
Testudinidae
50 - 150 years
Vulnerable
Southern edge of the Sahara, from Senegal and Mauritania, east through Mali, Chad, the Sudan and Ethiopia to Eritrea.
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