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- 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.