Sulcata tortoises are also referred to as African spurred, African spur thigh, and just spurred tortoises. The sulcata tortoise has shown an amazing ability to adapt to various climates and habitats in captivity, paired their low cost and a curious personality makes them a fun and interesting pet.
Sulcata hatchlings measure approximately 1½ to 2 inches in carapace length, with a growth rate probably more variable than any other tortoise. Sulcatas grow rapidly for the first five to 10 years, their growth slowing with age, living up to 70 years or more. Adult males average around 100 lbs, occasionally but rarely reaching up to 200 lbs, while females generally average 70-90 lbs full grown.
Indoors, sulcata tortoises can be maintained at temperatures of 68 to 80 degrees with a basking area heated by an overhead light to around 100 degrees. Like most diurnal herbivorous reptiles they require a UVB light source for no less than 12-14 hours each day in order to properly process the calcium in their diet.
Sulcata tortoises are eager eaters, rarely turning down a meal. The staple diet for adults consists of various grasses and leaves, similar to their natural diet. They will graze on lawn grasses, mulberry leaves, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves and flowers. They also do well on mixed spring greens, particularly the juveniles, supplemented with kale and mustard greens.