African spurred tortoise

African spurred tortoise

It is the 3rd biggest land tortoise after the Galápagos giant tortoise and the Seychelles giant tortoise. To protect itself from cold and very hot weather, it digs burrows measuring up to 6 metres long and 1 metre deep. The main threats for the species are the destruction of its natural habitat and its eggs being gathered up.

Did you know? Its name, spurred tortoise, comes from the spurs on its legs. Males use them during the mating season, to fight each other and try to flip one another over.

Classe 
Reptilia
Famille 
Testudinidae
Ordre 
Testudines
Statut 
Vulnerable