The African Spurred Tortoise, also called the Sulcata Tortoise, is the third largest tortoise in the world after the two Giant Tortoises of Galapagos and the Indian Ocean.
It is the largest "mainland" tortoise and is native to desert and semi-desert habitat of the southern Sahara and the northern part of sub-Saharan Africa.
Like other large tortoises, they are long-lived, and can reach over 100 years in the wild.
Too rich a diet can result in shell deformity.
The female digs a hole in the sand to lay her eggs.
A "dog in the manger".
A young Sulcata Tortoise.
A baby Sulcata Tortoise.