African Spurred Tortoise Geochelone sulcata

African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
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.
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
Like other large tortoises, they are long-lived, and can reach over 100 years in the wild.
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
Too rich a diet can result in shell deformity.
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
The spurs on the  thighs
African Spurred Tortoise
Sulcata Tortoise laying eggs
African Spurred Tortoise laying eggs
The female digs a hole in the sand to lay her eggs.
African Spurred Tortoise
Sulcata Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise A "dog in the manger".
African Spurred Tortoise A young Sulcata Tortoise.
Sulcata Tortoise A baby Sulcata Tortoise.