African Spurred Tortoise
Facts about African Spurred tortoise. "Scientific name for African Spurred tortoise is Centrochelys sulcata". also called the Grooved tortoise or Sulcata tortoise. African Spurred tortoise can be found in the southern edge of Sahara desert, in northern Africa. The African Spurred tortoise is well camouflaged by its sandy coloration, thick golden to yellow-brown skin and a brownish Carapace ( def the top shell of a turtle). (In Arthropoda -insects, crabs, etc-, the fused head and thorax -the part of the body located near the head- also known as "cephalothorax).
The African Spurred tortoise was close to being extinct, but because of successful breeding in captivity it has become one of the most common tortoises in captivity.
The African Spurred tortoise ( sulcata tortoise) can grow very large in a short time 50 pounds (22.6 kg) plus, so be careful if you want one, next thing you know you have a very large turtle on hand.
The African spurred tortoise (sulcata tortoise) enjoys a temperature range about 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 38 cel).
African spurred tortoise ( sulcata tortoises ) are borrowers, the African Spurred Tortoise really likes to dig over 2 foot (.60) holes in diameter and over 15 feet (4.57) in length.
The tortoise likes to eat succulent plants and what grass they can find in it's native Africa. In captivity the tortoise likes vegetables, grasses and dark leafy greens.