A large, attractive tortoise from the savannas of eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape. This is a grazing tortoise which favours semi-arid and grassland habitats, where it grazes extensively on mixed grasses as well as thistles and cactae. It is the fifth largest tortoise in the world and an adult averages 18 inches long and weighing 40 kilograms. Large examples can reach 28 inches in length and 54kg. This species typically lives between 80-100 years.