How big are sulcata tortoises?

Sulcata tortoises are big, slow, and tough survivalists. Adults average 18 inches in shell length and 70 to 100 pounds in weight, but specimens reaching two to three feet in length and upwards of 150 pounds aren’t uncommon. Sulcatas dig burrows in the ground where they take shelter from their harsh, hot, arid habitat.

What do African turtles eat?

In their native habitat, these tortoises eat grasses, flowers, weeds, and cacti. Like all tortoises, they are herbivores; excessive protein and lack of proper lighting, diet, calcium, and vitamin D3 can lead to irregular bone growth and carapace deformities.

What is the largest sulcata tortoise?

African spurred tortoise
Centrochelys sulcata The African spurred tortoise is the largest mainland tortoise, easily reaching 30 inches (76 centimeters) in length and well over 100 pounds (45 kilograms) in heft. Some males even reach 200 pounds (90 kilograms)! It is surpassed only by the island dweller tortoises from Aldabra and Galápagos.

What fruits can sulcata tortoises eat?

These tend to be high in sugar and water content, both of which sulcatas are not accustomed to receiving in the wild. Fruits that are appropriate to offer as treats include: strawberries, chunks of organically grown bananas with skin, cantaloupe with rind attached, berries; peaches (no pits), apricots (no pits), pears.

Are there any African Sulcata tortoises for sale?

Be sure to have plenty of Tortoise Chow for your new Tortoise! African Sulcata tortoises for sale are some of the most popular species of tortoise for sale in the world. Growing quickly and producing a high quantity of eggs per clutch, a baby Sulcata tortoise is also affordable.

How big should a 6 year old sulcata be?

I have seen 6 year olds that are 4″ and weigh a pound and I have seen 6 year olds that are 26″ and 80 pounds. If you have a well started baby, house it correctly (simulating the african rainy season that wild ones hatch into), and feed it well, it should be in the neighborhood of 6-7″ and 800-1000 grams at one year.

Who are some famous people that have Sulcata tortoises?

With their animatronic, pigeon-toed walks and dinosaur snouts, sulcata tortoises — also known as African spurred tortoises — have a dedicated fanbase and are surprisingly popular pets. Leonardo DiCaprio has one; so does 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. To understand why, you just have to look at a baby sulcata.

How big of an enclosure do sulcatas need?

As Your Baby Grows. With proper care a sulcata hatchling will quickly outgrow its original enclosure and will need larger amounts of salad every month. Eventually, most sulcatas end up being moved to an outdoor enclosure. Adult sulcatas need a lot of space, at least 100 sq ft of floor space per adult tortoise.