Animal Adventures with Jordan: African Spur Thigh Tortoise

Hi guys welcome back to another animal . adventures with jordan every tuesday and . thursday at noon and our species . spotlight today many of you have been . waiting for and it is on our african . sulcata or african spur-thighed tortoise . --is now these tortoises obviously live . in every god that's the two guys they . live in africa and there are not one of . the larger species of tortoise out there . in fact they are the third largest . species in the world can anybody yell . out the number one ah keep running it . thank you. anybody yell out the larger species of . tortoise in the world. galapagos very good so now the african. spur-thighed or the cicadas like i said . it gets quite mass if this big guy here . is upwards of just about how big they . get although they can get even larger . some of the largest ones reported are . about three feet long and about two feet . high and they can weigh up to like 200 . pounds they get absolutely huge now . these guys can live us all so very very . long time raise your hands and i'll call . and you can make guess how long do they . live somebody raise that hand what do . you think hey eighty good guess what . else. 200 what else 100 hundred anybody else . can you yell out the number one one . where you kidding so these guys do get . hit on the head did you read the sign . they're about eighty to a hundred years . old that's about the lifespan of these . guys so they can live in outlive some of . their owners if you're required now in. africa where they live there and highly . adapted species they can deal with this. hot hot sun and one of the ways to help . deal with that is by finding mud wall as . you can see that a number of our guys . here today are covered in some of that . mud and dirt on their shells that's . because they're digging down finding . those cool shaded areas some of them . filled with water they wallow right . inside there and it helps regulate that . body temperature now on the other side. of this when it's in the fall and our . tortoises are still outside people say. oh don't think it cold at night well yes . to know keep in mind the sun is they . michels all day long and they're . retaining that body heat so as the sun . goes down that he is still radiating . through the body however it will . dissipate in time but soon enough that. sun rises again and warms them back up . now keep in mind tortoises are . cold-blooded animal so i see whatever . the air temperature is that is going to . be their minimum temperature that their. body is at at the time so now talking . about some more of the anatomy and . physical characteristics of these guys . of course you can see their front arms . here are covered it needs spikes . now these spikes are like other scales . that have adapted any ball into these . very hard almost shoes like spikes and . when a tortoise gets scared or they get . nervous where do they go inside those . arms come up and they protect they hide . behind them and that armor plating . protects them so an animal can't damage. the most part of their body which is . their head now the same thing goes for. the backside of these guys let's see . here on the back side they also have . large spikes on their back feet that. one's covered in mud but same thing they . pull in and retract those back feet. bring that in and it protects the tail . in the back end of the business so they . stay protected. now predators that might go after a . tortoise in the wild you looking at some. of your smaller animals okay your your . jackals once in a while a leopard might . mess with them maybe even achieve it . they were really hungry but it's . generally two smaller carnivores of . africa that are going to mess or expend . those calories to get what's inside of . that tortoiseshell now neatly enough the . tortoiseshell is actually bone it grows . with them alright hermit crabs leave . their shells turtles tortoises that . doesn't happen this is a part of their . living body and it's very important that . it is significant amount of calcium and . sunlight because that sunlight turns . that vitamin d into a usable form to . create that bone it helps that develop . it and grow nicely and then correct . quite often many people keep these guys . as pets they don't expose them to the . right lighting and it creates what we . call pyramiding on the shell is to form . them it's a vitamin deficiency just like . you would have an issue if you are . getting the right nutrition in your diet . so now moving back talking about this . shell it is catastrophic to a tortoise . if they didn't injure . on that shell because their vertebrae is . actually used to that shell they can . feel it when you touch them it's like . almost like your fingernail when you . touch your fingernail you can tell it's . being touched but you can still clip . your fingernail without really getting. hurt by it okay now on other neat things . about and where can i go with this okay . so we've talked a lot about people . keeping them as pets what i will tell . you is every tortoise we have here in. corey what are we up to now 13 outside i . think we have what 15 16 in the . collection a total every one of these . tortoises have been brought to it . they've been surrendered by their prior . owners reason being is that when you . walk into a pet shop you go to the . reptile section and you find a cute . little baby tortoise that's about the . size of that rock right there and don't . get me wrong. they are cute but what happens in a . matter of about five years they turn . into a tortoise come with me . right over here toward us about that . size there and then when we get to about . what quarry 20 some-odd years old we're . getting somebody like goliath or our . buddy tiny tim who is moseying away over . that direction what happens these people . they get them they're to four they . outgrow their spaces it's very hard to. keep a big animal like this in your home . and created to the ideal temperatures of . the high eighties so what happens they . make a phone call or drop us an email . and say i can take our tortoise and we . said yes of course bring them on up and . that's how our family's grown to what it . is now now what you're watching here all . right is it slightly expiring those are . two male tortoises going head to head . and i'm kind of glad they did next we . can show off what they used to battle . with yeah i know right under his chin . here are those two long prongs i'm going . to spin around someone behind me can see . see those two little prongs picking up . from that shell all right what these . guys do is they barrel one another by . engaging on head on oh crashes i don't . know what to call it bashing into one . another and what happens is they try to . flip over their opponent all right . that's the dominant thing that's how the . male shows off and gets his girlfriends . so now what happens that poor tortoise . has flipped on its back what happens . well guess what they usually fix . themselves all right the whole will to . survive so the wiggle the rocks through . kick will spin those wiggle backwards . much like enderle hit a rock or . something that helps flip them back over . so point off and they do correct . themselves it happens often here at . animal adventure we give them about two . to three minutes and we go down into . telephone odyssey so uh now another neat . thing quite often . quite often people will come down here . and say all my constructs horses we're . giving each other feedback ride they . sure are . alright now a neat story about that is . not we had a tiny tim i think it was and . who is it and tony all right well they . were engaged in one of those piggyback . rides and it was featured on the news . all right and everyone came to oh my . gosh we saw the ring on the news that so . cute well some people obviously knew . what was going on and it said all you're . going to baby tortoise as soon and we . said actually no all but i believe two . tortoises in this exhibit are male . alright so if anything good practice for . now once in a while once in a while we . do get a couple eggs deposited right off . and they are done x as we call them . because our young females here really . aren't producing full clutches yet . that's what you call a group of eggs . just like our alligator egg we talked . about a few weeks ago now in a normal . process when the female is mature she's . carrying a full of clutch of eggs. so the wall of our dig and that deposit . those a barium backup and just like our . alligators we had talked about a few . weeks ago the eggs are incubated inside . that nest they will hatch and then those . baby scurry up out of it on their own . and they move on and grow up as mortices . there is no there goes dinner all right . there is no wall there's no role that . the parents play in rearing their young . alright not any stance with tortoises so . on that note i'm going to try to pick . goliath up here now don't get me wrong i . adhere probably weighs hundred and what . this butternut i'd say at least 120 130 . maybe 150 pounds they're absolutely big . it just shows you how large they get so . i guess on that note we'll wrap it up . here today thank you for tuning in for . another tuesday thursday animal . adventures of jordan see me on thursday . around noon we'll do another animal . which one will it be . we don't know let's do that . .
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