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

Hi. Can someone please help ID this fellow.
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Unread post by 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 post by 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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Re: Tortoise ID needed

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

Leopard tortoise. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Tortoises

Unread post by okie » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:19 pm

This one was enjoying a drink in his local pub :whistle:

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Re: Identification Help - Tortoise

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:33 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - Tortoise

Unread post by Ales » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:29 am

That is a leopard tortoise. :)

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Re: Identification Help - Tortoise

Unread post by arks » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:58 pm

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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