Leopard Tortoise - Reptiles

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Leopard Tortoise

Geochelone pardalis

conservation status no relevant data

Weight: 8-28kg (18-62lb)
Lenght: up to 45cm (1ft 6in)
Wild population: individuals
Lifespan: 20-30 years, up to 50 in captivity
Gestation: 16-30 eggs which hatch in 10-15 months
Voice:
Identification . the carapace is high and domed, the skin and
background color is cream to yellow, and the
carapace is marked with black blotches, spots or even
dashes or stripes. Each individual is marked uniquely.
Range: east, southeast, southwest and south Africa
Habitat: marshes, watercourses, freshwater pools

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The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 46cm (18in) and weighing 18kg (39lb). Large examples may be 70cm (28 in) long and weigh up to 54kg(117lb). An adult's maximum shell length can reach 61cm (24in) diameter. The giant Ethiopian form might reach 100cm (39 in) in rare cases.
It is a large and attractively marked tortoise. The carapace is high and domed, and pyramid shaped scutes are not uncommon. The skin and background color is cream to yellow, and the carapace is marked with black blotches, spots or even dashes or stripes. Each individual is marked uniquely.
Leopard tortoises are herbivorous. They are more defensive than offensive, retracting feet and head into their shell for protection. This often results in a hissing sound, probably due to the squeezing of air from the lungs as the limbs and head are retracted.

Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) - detail head masai mara
Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) - detail head masai maraLeopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) - Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) - Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) - shell detail masai mara
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
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focal length:160 mm
exposure time:1/400 s
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ISO:1250
location:Masai Mara, Kenya
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