African Spurred Tortoise
Conservation Status: Vulnerable. They are listed as vulnerable species due to their habitats and over grazing by livestock. They also fall prey to nomadic tribes who see them as a food source. Finally, they are highly sought after for the pet trade with only the younger ones being taken. It takes roughly 15 years for these tortoises to reach maturity so the pet trade is greatly reducing the amount of successful mating taking place in the wild.
- They are called spurred tortoises because of the “sticky outy” bits or spurs behind their legs.
- Females can grow up to 50 cm in length and weight 60kg. Males can grow up to 80cm in length and weigh a whopping 100kg. (That is the equivalent of 100 bags of sugar)
Lifespan: The lifespan of an African spurred tortoise is about 50-150 years, though they can live much longer.