I’ve got a G. sulcata since I was 18 years old. He’s on my hometown in Valencia. Now he’s 6 years old and weights more than 20kg. Lives outside, eating grass and taking sun, like terrestrial tortoises must be taken care. In Winter he is used to use a dog wooden house which has an infrared spot on lamp to be able to heat himself properly, as they are not warm blood animals and being from Africa they are not used to make hibernation.
The African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata), also called the African spur thigh tortoise or the sulcata tortoise, is a species of tortoise which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. It is the third largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise (not found on an island).