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African Spurred Tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise

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Scientific Name:

Centrochelys sulcata


Distribution

Central Africa, from West to East.


Diet:

Herbivore. Grasses, succulent plants.


Facts

Habitat: Desert fringes to dry savannahs

 

Incubation: 15-30 eggs, incubation 8 months

 

Social structure: Solitary

 

Weight: 105kg

 

Dimensions: 83cm

 

Lifespan: ~54 years

 

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

 

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown

 

Threats: Habitat loss due to urbanisation, overgrazing by domestic livestock and desertification, hunting by local tribes for food, international trade as pets or to make longevity potions in Japan. 

 

Did you know that:

It is the biggest tortoise of the African mainland and the 3rd largest of the world.

During the dry season, they retire into burrows of up to 3.5m depth which they excavate with their forelimbs.




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