Sulcatta tortoises, also called African spurred tortoises, originally came from hottest and driest regions of Northern Africa.
As adults, Sulcattas can grow to 28 inches, and do best outdoors in warmer climates or in warmer months. The very large tortoises make excellent yard pets and do very well in warmer climates. Once the night time lows get into the 40s, these guys will need inside accommodations for the colder months. They are excellent diggers and love to make deep burrows. The walls of their pens must be tunnel proofed to 24 inches deep. Outdoor enclosures must afford shaded areas, and protection from predators. Daytime temperatures up to 103 f, and night time lows in the high 60s are fine for larger Sulcattas. Keepers in colder climates need to provide indoor enclosures once the warmer months end. Opaque fencing is recommended, along with lots of room. They enjoy provided shelters, or will even dig tunnels to escape the cold, or wet weather.
Large adult shipping (15 inches and above) is by airline only and a sturdy wood crate is needed for them to make the trip. Some extra expense and effort is needed to keep one or more of these impressive tortoises.
The USDA requires a veterinary health certificate for Sulcattas (and Leopard Tortoises) to be shipped from state to state. The Turtle Source is now pleased to provide these health certificates at no additional cost for out of state orders. Obtaining the health certificate may delay shipping by one day.
Please visit our general sulcata category for smaller sizes.