- The scientific name of Leopard Tortoise is Geochelone pardalis.
- The Leopard tortoises have beautiful contrasting and spotted yellow and black dorsal plates on their carapaces.
- Second largest tortoise native to Africa.
- In nature, these tortoises do not hibernate.
- They should be placed indoor with suitable (warm) environment during low temperature season such as winter.
- CITES listing: Class II (01/07/1975).
- The Leopard tortoises are found in Southern, SouthWestern and Eastern Africa, countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, etc.Found in savanna and woodlands.
- During September and October in AfricaNormally all year long.
- From 5 to 30 eggs per clutch.
- The tortoise can grow up to 24 inches (60cm) long.
- Weight up to more than 80 lbs (35kgs).
- Up to 50 years.
- Leopard tortoises are herbivorous.
- They prefer a course and high fibre diet such as Opuntia (prickly pear).
- Their natural food are grasses, weeds, and cactus.
- Dislike juicy food or fruits are not suitable such as tomato, lettuce.
- High protein food is not suitable.
- Commercial tortoise food, with high calcium D3 should be provided daily.
- Their natural habitat is semi-arid, thomy and grassland.
- Require large space to move around.
- Dry environment is needed for the tortoises.
- 28°C to 32°C during daytime, 20°C to 24°C is the most adequate temperature for the tortoise.
Rules about Leopard Tortoise Enclosure
- These tortoises might suffer repeated flagalatte and gut problems such as colic results from excessive of soft fruits feeding.
- Meat should not be given to Leopard Tortoise. It would cause poor bone formation, liver problems, excessive growth, etc.