Tortoise at Flamingo Gardens

African Spurred Tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise

Return to blogging – yea – and return to Florida. Here is a nice ole guy taken at Flamingo Gardens (Davie, Florida). This is an example of an African Spurred tortoise and this species is supposed to be the largest land tortoise (two other species are larger but live on islands – go figure.)

The sulcata tortoise, as it is also called, can live between 50 and 150 years. The ones in Florida live longer if in a gated community with a good cafe. They eat grasses and plants but not fruit (fruit causes indigestion and you don’t want to go there with this animal). They are sometimes kept as pets but you had better have a large space for them to roam and lots of  suitible plant material for feeding plus lot of calcium around.

This photos was taken with my (relatively) new Olympus OMD-EM 5 Mark 2 camera and 40-150 mm lens (equivalent to 80-300 mm). Light to carry, sharp images. Lovely.


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