" Geochelone sulcata " Sulcata Tortoises are the third largest tortoise on the planet and gain size quickly in captivity. They are known for their exquisite carapace markings and another name, the African Spurred Tortoise. Ideally, they thrive in a dry environment with heat and a great deal of natural sunlight because they have originated in the Sahara. It’s important to your Sulcata’s health and well-being that the habitat you provide mimics this environment. Even though Sulcata Tortoises are native to the Sahara, they still need clean water to drink and for cooling off. Sulcata Tortoises are naturally active tortoises that enjoy getting around and exercising. After all, they’re native to the Sahara where they’re used to venturing throughout the vast desert for food and water to cool off in, so you’re Sulcata will be quite active and enjoyable!