Patrick and Brett got to meet Phylis, the 50 pound African Sulcata Tortoise. She’s a mother who just gave birth recently.
“Sulcata tortoises can grow to be hundreds of pounds, but they don’t start that way. They start their life covered in dirt with dozens of brothers and sisters, in a tiny egg like this. But they won’t fit in this egg for very long,” explains Rothacker.
“They are adorable when they look like tiny, walking, ping pong balls. And they are actually very easy to care for, at least for a couple years, while they still look like Cyrus here (young tortoise). But soon they’ll start to look like Phylis, close to 50 pounds, and on their way to 200 pounds! Usually people in this area give up their pet tortoise around 10 or 20 pounds, and we send them to a warmer climate to retire when they reach around 50 pounds.”
You can learn more about these reptiles at Jesse’s website.