African Spurred Tortoise.. or so they tell me..

African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)

The African spurred tortoise  is the largest tortoise of the African mainland, and is surpassed in size only by the giant island species from Aldabra and Galápagos.

Adults are usually 24 to 36 in long (60–90 cm) and can weigh 100-200 lb. (45 – 91 kg). They grow from hatchling size (2-3 in) very quickly, reaching 6-10 in (15–25 cm) within the first few years of their lives. The lifespan of an African spurred tortoise is about 50-150 years, though they can live much longer.

I just loved the look of this reptiles head, with the scales or markings…




65 thoughts on “African Spurred Tortoise.. or so they tell me..

  1. 50 to 150 years or longer lifespan WOW! The close up shots are fabulous! I too was captivated by its massive head and markings. Absolutely live these photos!

  2. Yeah, but did you try to put this thing in your Prius and take it to a near by lake (like I did with Ninja Turtle)? Sure, your turtle is much bigger and more impressive, but mine was frisky and agile! 😉

  3. 150 years old …. my god – and the weight on them. I know that turtle can become very old .. and big, but not to that extend. Could call the cute, but very interesting – that head shot is excellent. One of my school mates had a some kind of pound and stream in the living room and they had about 10 small cute turtles – the stream was going through their garden, very fancy … and this was in the 50’s.

  4. I like tortoises, they always seem very contemplative. I had two as pets when I was a child (not giant ones of course!), I named them Nigel and Claire because when I was 8, when I got the tortoises, the most popular boy and girl in my class at school were called Nigel and Claire so I thought they were the ultimate in cool names! 🙂

    • They are cool names… I’m afraid I don’t know much about tortoises.. for some unknown reason I have never paid them much heed… but this one has lit a spark..

  5. Such gorgeous shots of a beautiful animal Rob. I do love them. Thanks for sharing my friend. How are you and Linda doing? 😀 *hugs*

    • Thanks Sonel… never spent much time think about this reptile, or for that matter its habits… this has given me a bit of a “want to know” feeling… Linda is still not well… just can’t shake the “what ever it is”

      • I always admire them with their hard shells and their slow motions. Sometimes I think we would get just as old if we just took things a bit slower, but I don’t want to get that old. LOL!

        Sorry to hear that Rob. Make her some chicken soup followed with some Med-Lemon – hubby always treats me with it and it always helps. Of course there are lots of love with it as well and I know you have lots of that for Linda too. 😉 Please tell her I am sending her lots of good energies and getting well soon wishes. It’s not nice to feel this way. I don’t know about her but it makes me depressed and cranky. 🙂

  6. My kids and I love this post!! They were oooohing and ahhhhing and touching the screen as if to feel the roughness. Thank you for our lesson today, Bulldog. We really enjoyed the close-up nature of the shots!! Have a great week, dear friend!!

  7. Yes, this is an African Spurred Tortoise! For one we can share an animal…how exciting. He looks just like our Darwin! The only difference is that Darwin has pyramids on his shell because we struggle with giving him the precise diet he’d have if left to his own survival. We’re working on that! How fun to see this guy! 🙂

  8. Pity they don’t have more brain capacity. Imagine the wisdom one could collect in a lifespan going on for 200 years! That one needs a shot including something to give the scale.

    • Thanks Col… I would hate to live that long… the things I’ve seen in my short time that I fortunately still manage to understand might just get beyond comprehension in a 200 year life span…

  9. oh my gosh he is adorable! Yet again you blow me away with your wildlife photos – mine can only be from a zoo but for you to have them there in front of you – in the wild – even if a wildlife park – just fantastic. Mr Tortise is very magestic and beautiful photos.

  10. I’ve always been fascinated by tortoises. At one time, it was a dream of mine to visit the Galapagos Islands to visit some of these amazing creatures. Love your close up shots.

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