Leopard tortoise

Leopard tortoises are crepuscular and are active during times of the day where the sun is low, and the temperature is not extremely high. They have a keen sense of smell that probably helps them locate food.

Fast Facts

  • Like all turtles, leopard tortoises have no ears but can sense vibrations that help them navigate their environment.
  • Leopard tortoises are the most widespread tortoise in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • They store water in large anal sacs that take up most of the space in their abdominal cavities.

Scientific name

Stigmochelys pardalis
Range  Africa
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Herbivore
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