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Tortoise: Leopard

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Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:02 pm Unread post
Hi. Can someone please help ID this fellow.
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We are needing it for a Trip Report
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Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:36 am Unread post
We saw it in KNP.
It's size was about 15 - 20 cm in length.


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Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:57 pm Unread post
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.


Tortoise: Leopard

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Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:49 pm Unread post
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,

Bas


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Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:16 pm Unread post
#1 - 2 Leoparg tortoise / bergskilpad / Stigmochelys pardalis

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


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Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:14 am Unread post
Are both of these Leopard tortoises? (Seen on the road from Numbi gate).

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Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:04 am Unread post
They are indeed :thumbs_up:


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Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:23 am Unread post
: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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Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:29 am Unread post
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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Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:27 pm Unread post
The difference in colouration has to do with age, the younger the tortoise, the more boldly it is marked.


Identification help: Tortoises

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Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 pm Unread post
Seen this one crossing the road in Kruger. Please tell me what tortoise it is?

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Thu May 12, 2011 10:39 pm Unread post
Leopard tortoise. :thumbs_up:


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:33 pm Unread post
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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Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:29 am Unread post
That is a leopard tortoise. :)


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Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:58 pm Unread post
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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