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Leopard Tortoise

Stigmochelys [Geochelone] Pardalis – two sub species are recognised within this breed, with the S.P.Babcocki being the most common in the pet trade. They are the second largest tortoise native to Africa with only the African Spurred tortoise being larger.

They have a large natural range resulting in geographic variations in colour, size and temperature tolerance. The S.P.Pardalis can be distinguished by the generally darker colouration to the carapace, as well as the carapace not being as “domed” as the S.P.Babcocki.

The carapace is high and domed, and the scutes are pyramid shaped. Juveniles are attractively marked, and each animal has uniquely marked scutes. The skin and background colour are cream/yellow, with the carapace being marked with dark “blotches”, “spots” and even on occasion stripes.

Gender Diversity

Adults can measure from 10-18inches depending on the sub species. S.P.Pardalis (the larger of the sub species) may grow to 24 inches when fully grown, with the species from Ethiopia and Somalia approaching 30 inches in length. While females typically grow larger than their male counterparts, depending on the origin and the sub species in question, this can be reversed, with males being larger than females. As usual the males have a larger tail and a concave plastron than the females.

Requirements

Housing

Indoor and Outdoor accommodation. Minimum size of 6ft x 6ft (Indoor), 20ft x 12ft (Outdoor)

Substrate

Sand and Soil Mix

Diet

Herbivorous

Planting

Shrubs, Cacti, Grasses & Weeds

Hibernation

No

Other

-Cannot tolerate damp

-Fruits can be given but no more than 5% of their diet