Learn About Smeagol

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Species: Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 50-80 years
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 80-100+ years
  • Length: up to 3 feet
  • Weight: 200+ pounds
  • Range in the Wild: Sahara Desert
  • Habitat in the Wild: Desert
  • Diet: Vegetarian
    • Diet in the Wild: grasses, plants, flowers, cactus pads
    • Gender: Male
    • Birth: 2008
    • Arrival: 2015

Smeagol was brought to Wildlife Images in 2015 from someone who kept him as a pet. Realizing the longevity of their lifespan and large space requirements, they decided to find him a home that was better suited to his needs. In the winter he is kept indoors but spends the summers grazing in one of our larger exhibits and soaking up the sunshine.