African spurred tortoises hatch at the vivarium
More than 20 eggs of African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys sulcata) hatched at the vivarium of the zoo after a little over 3 months of incubation. Belonging to the laying of a single female, the eggs had been put in an incubator at the end of November 2017.
Just after they hatch, the little tortoises are put inside a terrarium where they are daily monitored by the keepers who ensure they eat properly.
The African spurred tortoise holds many records: it is the largest continental tortoise (males can reach nearly 100kg), the one that survives in the most arid biotopes and digs the longest burrows (up to 15m) where it shelters during severe heats and dry season. Its sand-colored allows it to blend into desert environment.
It feeds mainly on plants but in the wild it can also eat carrion opportunistically.
The species is listed “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List and collecting wild specimen in the wild is strictly forbidden.