African Spurred Tortoise Information
The sulcata tortoise, or African spurred turtle, is the third largest turtle species and spends most of its long life in continuous growth.
The African spurred turtle in the Mount L Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University, weighs about 70 kilos and probably in his teens (he was about 40 pounds two years ago, when I wrote this!).
When full maturity, it will be much higher and could weigh between 100 and 200 pounds! He is one of the most popular animals, and when working in the museum, he received many requests to bring it to show people.
The turtle of Sulcata has two spurs under the chin, which owes its name to.
When ready to mate and find a woman, He use these spurs to try to overcome a male turtle competitor.
You can imagine what would be effective, since it is very difficult for a large, heavy turtle to straighten up.
However, this can also be fatal, because the turtle’s lungs are located just below the top of its shell.
If it is turned upside down, your weight will be pressed into your lungs and you have a high chance of suffocation.
The Sulcata Tortoise is also very legs looking armored.
When he feels threatened, he will throw himself in his shell and wrap his legs around his face to protect them.
The back of its shell curves in a flap that covers and protects the back and back legs of the turtle, which are not as protected as the front legs.
The African Spurred Tortoise is the third largest turtle in the world, and one of the largest living in Africa.
They grow regularly more than a hundred pounds, and have quite a long life, although the oldest of the captivity, is not more than 60 years.
Their shells are a part of their body, so they do not shed their shells, as some might think.
Its shell is similar to bone or keratin and grows with your body.
Fun fact about Turtle family
Did you know that turtles (remember that they live in large bodies of water), can not pull the head and legs inside the shell? If they did this, they would sink and not be able to escape their predators. Instead, turtles can swim up to 12 miles per hour!