The Sulcata Tortoise is native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel, a transitional eco-region of semi-arid grasslands, scrub, and savannah in northern Africa. Sulcatas are big, slow, and tough survivalists. Adults average 18 inches in shell length and 70 to 100 pounds in weight, but specimens reaching two to three feet in length and upwards of 150 pounds aren’t uncommon. Sulcatas dig burrows in the ground where they take shelter from their harsh, hot, arid habitat. Sulcata Tortoises are large and very strong. They can push and knock over heavy objects with ease. They may ram each other, and males especially tend to ram females. The force with which one tortoise rams another can be intimidating, given their strength, but it is a natural behavior.