Sulcata Tortoise

Origin- The sulcata tortoise is a species of tortoise which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. It is the third largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise (not found on an island). They will spend the hottest part of the day in burrows that they make.

Lifespan- 50-150 years, though they can live much longer. (The oldest in captivity is 54 years, located in the Giza Zoological Gardens, Egypt, 1986).

Diet- Sulcata tortoises are herbivores. Primarily, their diet consists of many types of grasses and plants. Their diet is high in fibre and very low in protein. The consumption of too much protein can cause their shells to take on a pyramid appearance. Feeding of fruit should be avoided.

Description- Adults are usually 24 to 36 inches long and can weigh 100-200 pounds.