African Spur-Thigh Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)

Origin: Sahara Desert, Africa
Sighted at: My parents’ house @ Key West, FL

The Spur-thigh or “sulcata” tortoise is the third largest tortoise species in the world. This fellow, named “Bruiser,” is one of several spur-thigh tortoises that my parents own. They live in giant pens made just for them in the front yard of their house! They’re voracious, surprisingly speedy creatures.