The semi-arid grasslands, scrub, and savannah zones along the southern edge of the Sahara Desert are home to these tortoises, native to arid and semi-arid areas of Africa. They are most active in the hours between dusk and dawn, and they typically bask in the morning to warm up after a chilly night.
They are pretty combative with one another. The breeding season is when this antagonism peaks, although it begins as soon as they hatch. They are currently enlisted as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list due to the destruction of their habitats and overgrazing by livestock.
Did you know?
- In Senegal, the African spurred tortoise is a sign of virtue, fertility, happiness and longevity.
- This tortoise can last for weeks without water and food, and when it finds water, it can drink as much as 15% of its own body weight.
- An African-spurred tortoise faces danger if it falls onto its back, especially if the temperature is extremely high.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (szie) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No