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Leopard Tortoise

The fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, the Leopard Tortoise is an African tortoise that are known for their spectacular patterns and markings that remind of leopard skin (and hence the name). These reptiles typically live for 80-100 years.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordate
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Stigmochelys
    Species S. pardalis
    Scientific Name Stigmochelyspardalis

    Length Average 18-inch (460 mm)
    Coloration Segmented hexagonal patterns that vary from light to dark beige or yellow with dark brown to black partition
    Distribution Savannas of Eastern and Southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape
    Habitat Semi-arid, thorny to grassland regions
    Diet Herbivore; mostly grasses, but also weeds and flowers
    Clutch Size 5 to 18 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on January 17th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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