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Endangered African Species: African Spurred Tortoise

Animal

African spurred tortoise A giant turtle that lives in Africa. It is the largest turtle among tortoises and has a maximum instep length of over 80 cm, making it completely unsuitable for the general public to breed. African spurred tortoises inhabit Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, etc., and then to Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, etc., but their numbers have been gradually decreasing in recent years. This turtle is currently designated as an endangered species.

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Habitat

African spurred tortoises inhabit African countries.

Characteristic

The African spurred tortoise is a turtle that belongs to the reptile family Tortoise, and has an instep length of 80 cm or more. The weight will be 20-30kg. It is one of the largest tortoises in Africa. The color of the back is grayish brown or brown, and the seams on the deck are dark. African spurred tortoises have chicken-like bird spurs. African spurred tortoises live around deserts and in dry savanna. During the day and at night, you rest in your own burrows, burrows of other animals or extended burrows. He has a gentle personality, and although he is at his own pace, he is a little sick, and when an unfamiliar person approaches him, he may open his mouth and threaten him.

Ecology

African spurred tortoises live on plants such as fruits, leaves and grass. The breeding form is oviparous. At the time of breeding, males slam into each other and bite each other to compete with females. The breeding season is from June to March, and females can lay 15-30 eggs at a time. Eggs hatch in 6 months to 9 months. It has a very long lifespan, more than 50 years in the wild and more than 150 years in captivity.

Endangered species

Although African spurred tortoises inhabit a wide range, it is known that the number of African spurred tortoises has decreased in recent years due to land development by humans. Overfishing is a problem because African spurred tortoises can be edible and pets. Against this background, this tortoise was listed in Annex II of the Washington Convention and its exports were restricted. Furthermore, this tortoise has been designated as an endangered species.

Breeding

The African spurred tortoise is currently designated as an endangered species, and because it is a large body, it requires a considerable amount of space, making it a very difficult animal to raise for the general public. Watch at the zoo or go to Africa.

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