African Spurred Tortoise
The African Spurred Tortoises (also called the Sulcata Tortoise or Spurred Tortoise) are large, impressive animals. The only larger species of tortoise are the giant tortoises from the Galapagos and Aldabras.
The African Spurred Tortoises are outgoing, very tame, and are among the hardiest of the pet tortoises. Though this may sound like a desirable pet, you must keep in mind that not only do they get large, but they have large care requirements. They grow relatively quickly, are very powerful, and require a lot of food, a varied diet, and a lot of space. You must consider these needs before acquiring this wonderful tortoise for a pet. They do get much larger than most owners can deal with. This information was taken from the website animal-world.com.
We have three African Spurred Tortoises at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp. These are our largest tortoises at summer camp. They spend their summers in an outdoor enclosure known as the Pentagon. When the weather gets cold (below 50 degrees F) we move them indoors. Scott and Lori stay with the sloths in the Jungle and Noah stays with Ned the six-banded armadillo.