Popular Tortoises: Leopard
- Stigmochelys pardalis -
- subspecies Stigmochelys [Geochelone] pardalis pardalis and Stigmochelys [Geochelone] pardalis babcocki have been merged into one species Stigmochelys pardalis
- for a listing of current species / subspecies, see the IUCN/SSC Turtles of the World Checklist [offsite]
- a beautiful tortoise from Africa
- natural habitats include hot dry scrublands, semi-arid savannahs, and grasslands
- the 4th largest tortoise in the world
- generally up to 16"-18" and up to 40 pounds, but a few may grow up to 24" and 80 lbs
- a gentle, shy tortoise, but will warm up to his caretaker over time
- requires a serious commitment, may live 50-80 years and needs extensive indoor and outdoor accommodations to graze and exercise
- ideal tortoise if you live in a warm and dry climate (e.g. Arizona, California) and have a big yard
- herbivorous (feeds on plants)
- does not hibernate
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