African Spurred Tortoise | Welsh Mountain Zoo

African Spurred Tortoise

Centrochelys sulcata

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The African Spurred Tortoise is an incredibly resilient species that has developed a range of ingenious means to survive in the intense heats of the Sahara. Fantastic diggers, they create vast burrows providing essential shelter - burrows can range from a shallow plate at 76 cm to up to 3 m where they are able to rest in a cool environment.

Native Range →

Africa including Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Mali, Senegal and Sudan

Natural Habitat  →

Desert and Savanna

Diet  →

Grass, shrubs and cacti

Life Expectancy  →

50-55 years in the wild. Up to 80 years in zoos

Breeding  →

15-30 eggs & a 90-120 day incubation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Illegal pet trade, Habitat loss

Fun fact

The African Spurred Tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Only the Galapagos Tortoise and the Aldabra Giant Tortoise are bigger.

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