Mr. T, a Sulcata tortoise, is a visitor favorite at the rescue.
The Sulcata tortoise, more commonly known as the African spurred tortoise, is native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel in Africa and is the largest mainland tortoise. It is surpassed only by the island dweller tortoises from Aldabra and Galápagos.
Just like with parrots, people often purchase a baby sulcata without truly understanding what they are getting into. Although they start off small, at full maturity they can weigh well over 100 pounds. If properly cared for, a sulcata tortoise can live well over 70 years.
Sulcata tortoises are herbivores and require a very high-fiber, grass-based diet to stay healthy. Foods high in protein and fruits should be avoided.
Mr. T can often be found trekking around his habitat during the warm summer months. In colder temperatures, he tends to hide out in his heated house.