Leopard (Stigmochelys Pardalis Babcocki)

Pardalis Babcocki

Pardalis Babcocki

Range- Central Northeastern to Southern Africa.

 

Habitat- Grasslands to subtropics make up the wide variety of the Leopard tortoises range. South Saharan Desert gets very warm during the day. Large variety of grassy pastures and mixtures of different soils like sands, decomposed granite, limestone, sandstone and very dry capping of earth is consistent in the land type. However these are not desert living species and humidity and ambient moisture keeps consistent with this species range of sub tropic The Leopard tortoise is somewhat similar to the Sulcata. Coming from the outskirt regions, it, however, does not burrow like the Sulcata. Its shell has a higher dome shape which anatomically allows its body to take more of the direct heat in these very warm grasslands by hiding very well camouflaged by its leopard pattern in bushes and shrubbery.

 

Diet- Huge variety of grasses, succulents and cactus flowers.

 

Size- 14-18” in length 35-65 pounds

 

Conservation- Currently listed as CITES Appendix II threatened, but on the lower risk side. Same scenario as the Sulcata. Fairly common in northern, central, and southern regions of South Africa.

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Left female. Right male.

Left female. Right male.

 

 

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