Baby African Spurred Tortoises - Centrochelys sulcata
Cold Blooded Kingdom
3314 W Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach FL 33442
- Scientific Name: Centrochelys sulcata
- Captive Bred
- Approximately 2 - 4 inches in length
- Adults can grow up to 36 inches in shell length making them the 3rd largest tortoise in the world
- Care Level: Beginner
Baby / Juvenile:
A long 15-40 gallon enclosure is recommended.
Sub-Adult / Adult: A large outdoor pen enclosure is recommended.
Ambient: 80° - 85°F
Hot Spot: 110° - 120°
A UVB light fixture is required for these tortoises to remain healthy.
35% - 45%
To achieve this, you will need a humidity gauge, as well as a spray bottle.
These Tortoises are feeding on dark Leafy greens, cactus pads, sprouts, hibiscus, and timothy hay.
(Avoid spinach, and kale.)
Substrate & Decor
We recommend a mix of soil/sand, cypress mulch, or timothy hay for the bedding. These tortoises need a hide, and a small water bowl.
Names & Classifications:
Scientific Name: Centrochelys sulcata
Common Names: Sulcata Tortoise, African Spurred Tortoise, African Spur-thighed Tortoise
Place Of Origin:
These tortoises originate out of the dry sub-Saharan deserts of Africa.
Genetics & Characteristics:
Sulcata Tortoises are oviparous animals, meaning they lay eggs.
Females lay 15 - 30 eggs.
Sexual maturity takes about 5 years.
If kept outside, Sulcatas will burrow to avoid the excessive heat.
Color & Appearance:
This unique species of tortoise has a light-coloured shells and skin that enables them to survive in temperatures that can reach up to 122° F.
Only males have a concave plastron (under-belly). Therefore, making this animal sexually dimorphic.
With proper care these tortoises can live 70 - 100 years in captivity.