Sulcata Tortoise

Our Sulcata Tortoise, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Sulcata Tortoise (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Sulcata Tortoise Facts
Sulcata Tortoise
Geochelone sulcata

Life Span
50+ years
Average Weight
100-200 lbs
Group Name

Group Size
Mostly solitary
Name of Young

Our Sulcata Tortoise, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Sulcata tortoises are the third largest species of tortoise. They are native to Northern Africa and live in deserts and savannahs.
  • Females lay about 15-30 eggs at a time in an underground nest. They hatch after about 3-4 months. Baby tortoises, which weigh less than an ounce, receive no parental care after they hatch.
  • They are popular in the pet trade. However, they are difficult to care for and do not really make suitable pets. They grow to be quite large in just a few years, and can be difficult to house properly.
  • Males and females look very similar, with a few physical differences. The females tend be smaller in size. The underside of the male’s shell (plastron) is also more concave and their tails are longer.

Did You Know?

Sulcata tortoises are capable of burrowing. Their burrows are usually about 30 inches deep but may reach depths of 10 feet. They dig these tunnels during the hottest parts of the day to reach higher levels of moisture.