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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
SPURRED THIGH TORTOISE
Geochelone sulcata

Range:
Southern Sahara desert region ranging from Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

The African spur thigh tortoise is a uniform color of brown to golden yellow color. Growth rings on each scute appear on the carapace. There are also well-defined spurs on the rear legs, which gives it its name African spur thigh tortoise. The skin is thick which may serve to reduce fluid loss through transpiration.




Habitat: Desert region.
Diet: Plants. They do not drink water, they extract it from the food they eat.
Status: Vulnerable (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 70-100 lbs.
Height: 18 inches (shell length)

Lifespan: Up to 150 years is common.
Reproduction & Offspring: n/a

 

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