Dr. Evan Antin: “This Sulcatta Tortoise patient of mine had stones in her urinary bladder. Surgical intervention was necessary to remove the stones as shown in this video. See what it’s like to surgically access the inside of a tortoise-through the shell! The bottom half of a tortoises shell is call the “plastron” and that’s what we’re cutting into. Thanks for watching and good luck in the OR!”

The sulcata tortoise, or the African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata is a species of tortoise, is an inhabitant of the Sahara desert, more specifically, the southern edge. Found in Africa, it is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world. It is also the largest species of mainland tortoise.  It is the only extant species in the genus Centrochelys.