Tortoises come in all sizes from the smallest speckled tortoise (homopus signatus) to the largest Galapagos tortoise (geochelone nigra). Here at HSR&E we currently breed three species of tortoises and they also vary in size. Reading further you'll learn about each of these species and how to take care of one of your own.
Above pictured is HSR&E's very own African spurred thigh tortoise Bruce. Bruce LOVES sunbathing and chasing anyone who might have food.
African Spurred Thigh tortoises or Sulcata tortoises (centrochelys sulcata) are a species of tortoise, who live in the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in Africa. It is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world. Females can get up to weights of 65-75 lbs, males up to 125-150lbs.
Leopard Tortoises (stigmochelys pardalis) are large and attractively marked tortoises found in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa. This tortoise is a grazing species that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats. Leopard tortoises do not dig other than to make nests in which to lay eggs. They can get to weights of 40-50lbs and be anywhere from 10-18 inches long
Redfoot Tortoises (geochelone carbonaria, geochelone denticulate) The red-footed tortoise is a species of tortoise from northern South America are medium sized tortoises which can vary from 12-14 inches and can weigh from 10-16 pounds. They can be recognized by the cherry red spots on their head.