Leopard Tortoise

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Stigmochelys pardalis

Habitat: Leopard tortoises are found in the arid and savanna regions of eastern and southern Africa.

Diet: Leopard tortoises are herbivores and subsist primarily on grasses and succulents. 

Size: 2 to 2.5 feet long

Weight: About 28 pounds, but have been known to weigh up to 90 pounds. 

Lifespan: 75 to 100 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our Leopard Tortoise:

Leo (Male) – Estimated Birthdate Between 1995 & 1997

Leo is Competing in March Madness 2022

Did You Know?!

  • Leopard tortoises have been known to undertake extensive migrations in search of food. During hot, dry seasons they dig a hole in the ground and take refuge in it as a way to avoid dehydration and the excessive heat. They remain in this dormant state until the weather improves and the rains return.
  • The leopard tortoise is the 4th largest species of tortoise in the world.
  • Leopard tortoise eggs incubate in the ground for 8-18 months. Once they hatch, the hatchlings come to the surface and are responsible for caring for themselves.
  • A group of tortoises is known as a creep.