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
Our Leopard Tortoise:
Leo (Male) – Born around 1995
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.