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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:15 am

Could someone please help with the ID of this extremely tiny little Tortoise we saw in Kruger in Feb.

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Unread postby Elsa » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:13 am

Imberbe wrote:Was it in a tree? :twisted:

Not unless the tree looked a lot like a sand road. :twisted:

Thanks for the ID. :D
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:21 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:When I was in the Park in January, we were amazed at the amount of really tiny Leopards crossing the road.


You often find lots of tortoises on the roads just after rain. They come to use the puddles that collect there to "fill up."

And you are correct, it is quite an eye opener to see just how many there are.
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Re: Please Help ID tortoise

Unread postby Klystron » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:02 pm

Hi. Can someone please help ID this fellow.
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Unread postby Klystron » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:36 am

We saw it in KNP.
It's size was about 15 - 20 cm in length.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:57 pm

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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Tortoise: Leopard

Unread postby basde_vos » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:49 pm

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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Re: Tortoise ID needed

Unread postby BushSnake » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:16 pm

#1 - 2 Leoparg tortoise / bergskilpad / Stigmochelys pardalis

They may be common, but it's always nice to see a tortoise...
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Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:14 am

Are both of these Leopard tortoises? (Seen on the road from Numbi gate).

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Unread postby big5spotter » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:04 am

They are indeed :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:23 am

: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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Unread postby big5spotter » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:29 am

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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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:27 pm

The difference in colouration has to do with age, the younger the tortoise, the more boldly it is marked.
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Unread postby wildheart » Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 pm

Seen this one crossing the road in Kruger. Please tell me what tortoise it is?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 12, 2011 10:39 pm

Leopard tortoise. :thumbs_up:
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