How to Draw an African Spurred Tortoise

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an African Spurred Tortoise in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the African Spurred Tortoise.

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How to Draw an African Spurred Tortoise - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a square with a gap in one of the sides. Draw a horizontal line through it.

Step 2: In the top corner on the opposite side of the gap, draw a dot for the nostril, with a circle with a dot in it to the side of it.

Step 3: From this same side of the head, draw a curve that goes down, turns straight under itself, then back up, ending under the head. Draw two lines from there for the underside of the shell.

Step 4: Next to the other side of the head and end of the shell, draw an oval with a squared bottom for the other front leg.

Step 5: Draw two large curves that go over the head and end in a point down behind the second leg.

Step 6: Draw two curves that connect the second leg to the head and end of the topside of the shell. Add two semicircles on the bottom of the body for hind legs.

Step 7: Add square patterns all over the top of the shell. You have drawn an African spurred tortoise! You can color it yellowish-brown with darker patterns.

Interesting Facts about African Spurred Tortoise

The African Spurred Tortoise is the largest tortoise of the African mainland. The only thing that surpasses its size is the giant island species from Aldabra and Galapagos. They have a broad oval shell that displays prominent separations of the shell with growth rings on each sections of the shell. These become marked with age.On the tortoise’s front surface and front legs, they have large overlapping scales while on the back of the thigh, there are two to three large conical spurs. This is what gives the African Spurred Tortoise its name.

Did you know?

  • The tortoise is considered “vulnerable” in the endangered species list.
  • African Tortoises live in deserts or dry savannahs where permanent water supply lacks.
  • Most activity occurs during the rainy season July to October at dawn and dusk where it feeds on grass and plants.
  • The tortoise is like many other species where it will be basking in morning sun to raise its body temperature from the cold night.
  • They will live in their cool burrows in the dry season to avoid dehydration.

African Spurred Tortoises can be found in the southern edge of the Sahara in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. The tortoise can also be found in Niger and Somalia as well.