Sulcata Tortoise for sale
The African sulcata tortoise got its name from the Latin sulcus, which means furrow. The name describes the deep grooves on the scutes (the plates of the shell) of the tortoise. Sulcatas are native to the Sahara desert. Some of the most popular tortoises for sale in the world, the sulcata tortoise for sale gets big and when raised properly, it’s personality can be just as big! We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale, as well as well started 6 month old baby sulcata tortoise for sale as well as yearling sulcata tortoises for sale and young adult sulcata tortoise for sale. When looking for a baby sulcata tortoise, the well started 6 month old sulcata tortoise for sale is highly recommended over newly hatched sulcata tortoise hatchlings for ease of care.
Sulcatas have sandy, ivory known as the ivory sulcata tortoise or ivory sulcata tortoise for sale,, or golden yellow-brown skin and two or more very large and prominent tubercles (or spurs) on the rear legs. On the carapace (top shell), each scute or plate is tan to yellow at the center and outlined by brown growth rings. The plastron (bottom shell) is light tan to yellow.
The skin of an African sulcata is very thick and the legs are covered in dull, spiney projections. The thick skin and spines are intended for protection from predators, but also work as insulation, keeping the tortoise cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The prominent spurs on the rear legs serve no observable function according to scientists but, from my own personal experience, they wag when they are happy like a dog’s tail.
Sulcatas are the third largest breed of tortoise in the world, surpassed in size by the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands and Seychelles. Not only do sulcatas grow very large, they grow very rapidly — up to two and a half feet long and 80-110 pounds or more in 5 to 10 years. On average, they grow to be 36 inches and can weigh as much as 150 pounds at its largest maturation. The oldest sulcata recorded lived to be just over 80 years old.