The leopard tortoise is one of the most widely distributed tortoises in Africa.
These herbivores are important seed dispersers, as the seed passes intact through their digestive system. They are most active during the morning and just before sundown due to the extreme temperatures in their native habitat. Depending on the latitude, the mating season is between May and June, or October and November. During this time, males have been known to be aggressive and ram their competition.
These tortoises are from Africa, though our leopard tortoise is visiting the South American habitat. The leopard tortoise gets its name from the beautiful leopard-like spots that covers its shell.
Africa supports more land tortoises than anywhere else in the world.
Central and southern Africa
Grassland, thorny scrub, savannah
About 16-18 inches long, average of 40 pounds
Grasses, fruit, succulent plants
Eggs and hatchlings may be preyed upon by lizards, snakes, birds and some mammals. Adults are only been preyed upon by lions.
Leopard tortoises are able to pull their entire body into their shell or release their bowel to protect themselves.
Females lay 5-7 clutches of up to 30 eggs.
Up to 75 years