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Posted by Maddi on 6th May 2013
I got my baby leopard tortoise about 4 days ago and arrived warm and awake. He immediately started eating and got used to her new home. She walks very fast and loves to explore. She looks very healthy and is the most sweetest thing ever. Thank You, Tyler and Sarah so much for this baby leopard tortoise!!!!!
Posted by Beth on 23rd Feb 2013
Just received my baby leopard tort this morning! He's doing great, woke up right away and drank some water while he soaked. Then explored his new home and had some food! Thanks a bunch! He's absolutely adorable :)
Posted by Keith & Amanda on 27th Dec 2012
Just received our amazing baby Leopard this morning. He(?) was packed very well and arrived bright and early. Woke up right away and began drinking and walking around! Also has a very healthy appetite, even ate a few nibbles from our hands, and has been enjoying the day exploring the new surroundings! Great for our first tortoise, planning to buy more from here in the future!
Posted by Patty in CT on 3rd Dec 2012
I have just ordered my 12th tortoise from tortoise supply and it is just as exciting as when I ordered my first little,guy(or girl). Wen you order from Sarah and Tyler, you get all your questions answered and their level of competence is amazing. If you want a healthy, active tortoise, this is,the place to get them!
Posted by Marcy on 29th Nov 2012
Thanks so much for the great little Leopard I received today thru FedEx. "He" was packed so good. The heat pack was still plenty warm. As soon as I got him out, he was active. I have given him a good soak and after he ran around for quite sometime, he's settled in and resting. I requested one that had darker coloring and this little guy sure fits the bill. I'd definitely order from you guys again. Thanks so much!
Posted by DrewsLife727 on 1st Sep 2012
I received my baby Leopard in excellent condition! She was asleep in the little box and a little soaking in warm water did the trick. The tort was not to active the first two days but now Agape is a curious, aventrous, devour of worlds! Love the service and I fully recommend Tortoise Supply to anyone who wants to get a new tort =] I just ordered a baby yellow foot and I'm excited to add it to my tort family =] It will be in a separate enclosure of course =]
Posted by Taelor M. on 21st May 2012
We bought our 3rd baby from Tyler he is doing great we have had him for a few weeks now. Tortoise Supply is the ONLY place that I recommend when people ask about tortoises! Thanks again!
Posted by Debra L Matthews on 15th Dec 2011
I got my three leopards today...they arrived safe and sound...they are beautiful
One is very outgoing and the other two are shy
but I think they will become comfortable over time in their new home
I would absolutely recommend "Tortoise Supply" to anyone looking for good quality A+ healthy Torts
Posted by Colter Cresse on 6th Jul 2011
My baby leopard tortoise arrived in perfect condition. He is beautiful and so much fun. Thank you so much.
Posted by Taelor on 15th Mar 2011
I received my 2nd baby leopard from Tyler last week she is doing amazing! She is a big girl eating a lot of food and is so alert and super healthy! She was a B-Grade tort but you would never have been able to tell thank you for our 2nd Leopard they kiss eachother each morning! We love our little ones :)
Posted by Cole on 9th Mar 2011
My new guy arrived right around 10am. The package was warm to the touch despite the temps in the high 30s outside. This has to be one of the best packaged live animal shipments I've ever received. I brought him out and put him in his new home, he ate almost immediately and explored the new digs. He's very alert and healthy, I will definitely be getting my next tortoise from you.
Posted by Ty on 28th Dec 2010
We just got a tortoise and named him Tiny Tim. The little dude is in great shape and is an awesome little tortoise. Thanks so much!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Dec 2010
I purchased a baby Leopard Tortoise two weeks before Christmas. He arrived safe and he is very healthy. He eats a lot and is a lot of fun to play with. Tyler answered all my questions about taking care of the tortoise. I was very happy to get the tortoise in such good condition! My family loves it!
Posted by Taelor M on 27th Oct 2010
We purchased our baby leopard tortoise and she arrived on time and in perfect condition, we have had her for about 3 weeks now and she is doing great! She eats all the time is very active and has made a great addition to our family. We will be getting her a buddy very shortly from here. Tyler has answered all of my questions that I have had so I can give her the best care. Thank You.
Posted by Kimberly G. from Connecticut on 5th Sep 2010
We have purchased two tortoises from this site and couldn't be happier. Tyler patiently answered all of my questions. Both tortoises arrived well packaged and right on time. They are active and eating well. Thank you Tortoise Supply!!
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Common Name: Leopard Tortoise
Scientific Name: Stigmochelys Pardalis Babcocki
Current Size: 2"+
Average Adult Size: 10-16" (females larger)
Area of Origin: East Africa
Description: Sandy yellow color with variable black splashes throughout the shell. These tend to be a high domed tortoise, with males normally a bit more elongated and narrow than the rounder, wide females.
Habitat: Hot, dry climates. This is one of the few tortoises that really struggles in high humidity areas (they can handle moderate humidity). They do not hibernate, but will go through a winter slow down period during cooler weather and shortened daylengths. As adults, they can safely handle body temperatures as low as 50 degrees at night as long as they are able to heat up into the 70's during the day. Summer highs up to 120 degrees can be tolerated as long as there is a cooler, shaded retreat the tortoise can get into. Dampness is not a problem in high temperatures (a cool mud hole on a hot day), but in cooler weather the tortoises should be kept dry. As babies, these tortoises spend almost all their time in washes and underground in burrows, giving them a much more humid and moist environment than you picture the desert to be.
Diet: This tortoise is naturally a grazer, and will wander about nibbling on grass the majority of its natural life. In captivity, leopard tortoises will graze on grasses, as well as leafy weeds and clover (dandelions are a favorite). As babies, we focus more on feeding them a wide mix of leafy greens (spring mix), since they have a harder time eating the more tough grass. Vegetables can be added to the diet for variety, but fruit should generally be avoided.
Adult Behavior: Adult leopard tortoises are peaceful, slow moving tortoises. They are un-aggressive towards eachother in most cases, and do little damage to their environment (little or no digging or burrowing). Some individuals can be skittish if spooked, but most will eagerly come to their keepers looking for food once they are comfortable in their environments. They are not very good climbers and make little attempt to escape, so a short, basic wall will contain most leopard tortoises.
Our Current Care: During cooler weather or indoors, these tortoises are kept indoors on a cypress and/or coco coir substrate with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. We raise them in cheap, simple plastic tubs that can be purchased at WalMart or Target, generally 3 to 4 square feet in size for babies. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 75 at night up to 85 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80-85 at night with a heat pad beind it, or a red bulb placed overhead.
Diet consists of spring mix greens with many other leafy greens offered in rotation to that (mulberry, endive, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves, diced cactus pad and we use globe mallow leaves pretty regularly). We like to also add moistened Mazuri LS tortoise diet as well as ZooMed's Gourmet Tortoise Food a few times a week, usually mixed and mashed into the leafy greens. The addition of the commercial diets take care of most or all of the supplementation needs, or you can sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week and a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times a week. We also throw a pinch of our herbal hay on top of whatever they are eating almost daily, which adds variety and flavor and scent to everything.
The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water daily or almost daily for 30 minutes each time. We don't generally use water dishes in the enclosures because of the risk of drowning (yes, we have lost babies to drowning when they flipped over in 1/4" of water).
Being a desert species, they should have intense lighting, and they need lights on during the day and off at night to maintain a normal day/night cycle. We use full spectrum UVB lights, which we suggest for the growth of pretty, healthy tortoises, and use a ZooMed Powersun bulb in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 95-100 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.
We don't use the "closed chamber" method (keeping airflow very restricted to increase humidity to the point that clouds form in the enclosure). It is very risky if/when temperatures get below about 80, and mold, shell rot, and respiratory problems become a lot more common in those conditions. We keep them open top in the warm area, and enclosed, warm and humid within the hide (like they would be in the wild). They are free to choose the conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels they want within that setup.