Sulcata Tortoise

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Project Description

Sulcata Tortoise at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park

Centrochelys Sulcata

The African spurred tortoise, also called the Sulcata Tortoise, inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.

It’s the the third-largest species of tortoise in the world beaten only by the giant tortoises of Aldabra and Galapogas.

Not only do these tortoises grow very large, up to two and a half feet long and 80-100 pounds (50 kilos) or more, they also grow very rapidly.

Sulcata Tortoise at Jimmys Farm & Wildlife Park Ipswich, Suffolk

The sex of baby tortoises is determined by the temperature which they are incubated.

They have adapted many ways to thrive in the extreme heat including digging burrows in the ground to shelter in during the hottest part of the day. Typically burrows are about 30 inches deep but some individuals dig tunnel systems reaching 10 feet or more underground.

Fact check

Life span 70+ years
Range Native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel
Diet Grasses, sedges, flowers, succulents and fruits
Sahara Desert and the Sahel
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable
Did you know

An adult tortoise can survive for up to a year without water

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