I saw your newscast regarding these gentle giants. The newscaster said these guys can be 400 to 600 lbs. This is incorrect. The African spurred tortoise, otherwise known as the African sulcata tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world after the Galapagos tortoise, and Aldabra Giant Tortoise; and the largest of the mainland tortoises. Adults are usually 24 to 36 inch long (60–90 cm) and can weigh 100-200 pounds (45 – 91 kg). Gallagher's tortoises look wonderful, and I love the way he shares them with people. I have found that people tend protect what they understand, and what better way than to let them meet one of these magnificent animals. I have a turtle and tortoise rescue and have 12 sulcatas and several other turtles, box turtles and water turtles. They come from people who buy them at pet stores and don't know how to take care of them. The "Turtle Man" is doing such a wonderful thing educating people on their care. Great story.
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