Juvenile Leopard Tortoise

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  1. Baby tortises

    Posted by Big Dee on 22nd Jun 2011

    Got our from the Reptile show in las vegas very smart people and very friendly and helpful would recommend them and time wish they had a local retail store to get supplies easier

  2. Male 21/2 yrs old

    Posted by Marcia Tucker on 15th Oct 2010

    Bought my new baby at the Sacramento 2010 show, Tyler very nice with lots of information. Tortoise in really good health, seems to be use to people and being handled.


Common Name: Leopard Tortoise
Scientific Name: Stigmochelys Pardalis Babcocki
Current Size: 3.5" +/-
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.