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African Spurred Tortoise

Geochelone sulcata

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About the African Spurred Tortoise


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Class: Reptilia  
Order: Testudines  
Family: Testudinidae 
Genus: Geochelone 
Species: sulcata

The African Spurred Tortoise is the largest tortoise in mainland Africa.  It is well camouflaged in its desert home by its sandy color, from its yellow-brown skin to its brownish carapace (upper shell). The back of its thigh bears two or three large conical spurs for which the tortoise is named.