Desert tortoises are herbivores, and their diet in the wild consists of grasses, some species of cacti and their flowers, shrubs and wild flowers. Desert tortoises generally eat fresh plant materials, though their diet g... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles

Due to their hard shells and thick skins, adult desert tortoises are only preyed upon by mountain lions. Young desert tortoises are much more vulnerable, and they are also eaten by kit foxes, coyotes, feral dogs, gray fo... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

The sulcata tortoise goes by many names, including the African spurred tortoise, spurred tortoise and grooved tortoise. The sulcata tortoise is the third largest tortoise in the world and the largest in continental Afric... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles
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