African Spurred Tortoise

  • Scientific name: Geochilone sulcata
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Sauropsid
  • Order: Testudines
  • Family: Testudinoidea
  • Genus: Geochilone
  • Species: G. sulcata

Fun Facts


  • They are the third largest tortoise in the world, and the largest tortoise on the African mainland.
  • They are very strong animals and can move just about anything that is not nailed down.
  • They do not hibernate like other species of tortoises.
  • They can live up to 80 years.
  • They eat grasses and leaves.
  • These tortoises can reach a size of 36 inches in carapace (shell) length and weight of 200 pounds.
African Spurred Tortoise