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 Post subject: Re: Please Help ID tortoise
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:02 pm 
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Hi. Can someone please help ID this fellow.
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 Post subject: Re: Please Help ID tortoise
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We saw it in KNP.
It's size was about 15 - 20 cm in length.


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help ID tortoise
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That would be a young Leopard tortoise.

Leopard tortoises eat grass and annuals, according to availability. They will also gnaw on bones and eat hyena feces to gain calcium. They are able to swim and will readily take to water. They have a home territory to which they will return from as far as 50 km if removed.

They are often seen on the roads after good rains where they come to drink water. Tortoises should not be picked up or removed form the bush.

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 Post subject: Tortoise: Leopard
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Hi all,

Who can help me out with IDing some tortoises?

1. Spotted in Addo.

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2. Spotted in Addo. Could be leopard tortoise?

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Thanks a lot,

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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#1 - 2 Leoparg tortoise / bergskilpad / Stigmochelys pardalis

They may be common, but it's always nice to see a tortoise...

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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Are both of these Leopard tortoises? (Seen on the road from Numbi gate).

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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They are indeed :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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:thumbs_up: B5S. Do you know what factors determine the different colouration from one leopard tortoise to another, as these two are quite different?

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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The top one looks wet :hmz:
if not then probable has to do with different habitat?Will look into it later today. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise ID needed
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The difference in colouration has to do with age, the younger the tortoise, the more boldly it is marked.

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 Post subject: Identification help: Tortoises
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Seen this one crossing the road in Kruger. Please tell me what tortoise it is?

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise Id please
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Leopard tortoise. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Tortoise
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thank you very much :D
it has very nice blue eyes :wink:

I have another one, saw 15.1.2012 in Kgalagadi
:hmz: my book (not a good one, I'm afraid !) speak about Spek's Hingeback,
or similar for Eastern Bostwana and adjacent South Africa : Lobatse Hingeback (K. lobatsiana)

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what do you think ?

thanks in advance for a reply :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Tortoise
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That is a leopard tortoise. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Tortoise
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anne-marie wrote:
:hmz: flat....
"____" this line is flat and this one "(" is not flat... it's not easy to describe :lol:
so the designs are like that :_______ and not () () () :lol: :lol:

Great explaination, anne-marie :thumbs_up: English can be a very confusing sort of language, I think that we would say 'rectangular' (or even 'square') patterns versus 'oval' (or 'curved') patterns on the shell. I think that there is considerable variety in the markings of leopard tortoises, and while I'm absolutely NO expert, I still think that this is a leopard tortoise — and a very nice one, too. 8)


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