Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise
Stigmochelys pardalis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Testudinidae

Range

Southern and eastern Africa


Habitat

Dry woodlands, scrublands, savannas, grasslands


Diet

Grasses, succulent plants, toadstools, and fruit

Weight

Up to 70 lbs.

Length

Up to 2 ft.

Incubation

8 - 14 months

Clutch

5 - 30 eggs

IUCN Status

Not Listed

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • They can pull their head and feet into their shell when threatened. They will emit a hissing sound to warn off predators.
  • They are most active during early morning and early evening hours, when the temperature is most moderate (crepuscular).
  • Adapted to easily maneuver over rocky terrain.
  • Among land tortoises, they have the longest incubation period – with some records indicating an incubation of more than 400 days.

 

Conservation

Widespread throughout their range, but they are hunted and consumed locally for food.

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