African spurred tortoise – Janine

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About African spurred tortoise – Janine

Scientific name :

Centrochelys sulcata

Common name :

African spurred tortoise

Native to :

Africa Less than 100 years ago, the African spurred tortoise was very common but today, because of anthropic activities (urbanisation, wars, human consumption), it is becoming increasingly rare.

Maximum size :

80 cm

Weight :

100 kg for males, 60 kg for females

Conservation status


Reproduction :

these tortoises live in permanently high temperatures, so there is no fixed breeding period. Males are active almost all year round, although there is very marked reproductive activity after the rainy season. Eggs are laid 2 to 3 weeks after mating. Between 20 and 30 round eggs are laid, each measuring roughly 45 millimetres. The incubation period lasts 3 to 4 months. Hatching often requires rain or a wet season.

Diet :

plants, roots, carrion

Characteristics :

the African spurred tortoise or sulcata tortoise is the largest tortoise in Africa and the third largest in the world by weight (after the giant tortoises of the Seychelles and the Galápagos). The males have a pronounced Y-shaped fork on the underbelly of their shells. This is a continuation of the animal’s plastron and is mainly used during combat with other males.

Location in the Tropical Reserve :

on Gharial Island, next to the Morelet's crocodiles

Répartition géographique

Conservation status

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