Reptile Profile: Leopard Tortoise

October 10th, 2019

Retaining their name from the beautiful marking on their shells, Leopard Tortoises are amazing creatures. We take a closer look at what makes a Leopard Tortoise so unique.

They are native to central and southern Africa and are the fourth largest tortoise species in the world. They are relativity shy animals and often retreat back into their shell when they sense danger is present.

Leopard Tortoises are herbivores and in the wild their diet consisting of eating plants, grass, succulents, berries and fruits. They have no teeth so they shear through succulent grass with their horn like beak. To have an adequate amount of calcium they sometimes eat old bones. Though they consume green plants which are high in liquid they still need to drink water.

To determine the sex of a Leopard Tortoise all depends on the temperature at which the eggs are incubated. Female Leopard Tortoises are formed at higher temperatures between 31-34 degrees Celsius while males hatch from eggs that are incubated at lower temperatures such as 26-31 degrees Celsius.

With all pets you must always do your research and consider any factors that come with owning a Leopard Tortoise before making a decision. Also please check your states different licensing laws and requirements.

4 Fast Facts about Leopard Tortoises

  1. Scientific Name Stigmochelys pardalis
  2. They can live up to 100 years
  3. They can stay underwater for up to 10 minutes
  4. The sex of a Leopard Tortoise is determined by the temperature an egg is incubated.

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