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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 9:13 pm

A Leopard Tortoise in the road close to Lower-Sabie in the Kruger National Park.

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The Leopard Tortoise is easily the largest species of tortoise in Southern Africa.
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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 9:15 pm

A Leopard Tortoise in the road close to Lower-Sabie in the Kruger National Park.

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The Leopard Tortoise derives its name from the dark spots on the carapace.
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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 9:16 pm

A Leopard Tortoise in the road close to Lower-Sabie in the Kruger National Park.

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Very large and old Leopard Tortoise may become almost completely plain dull brown.
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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by LaeveldLeeu » Thu May 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Why don't Kruger's totoises get as big as the ones in Addo or is it just that we don't see them in Kruger? Anyone out there that have seen some really big ones in Kruger?

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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Roan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:06 pm

It has probably got something to do with their diet. I also don't think predation was as big a problem for them as for the ones'n KNP.
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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by LaeveldLeeu » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:51 pm

This is what I could find on http://www.reptilechannel.com

"Two varieties of leopard tortoises are often recognized. One is Geochelone p. pardalis, the other is Geochelone p. babcocki. The former is the larger of the two, found in restricted areas of the eastern and southern Cape Province of South Africa, and recognized by a more pronounced plastral cavity in males. The smaller babcocki occurs elsewhere within the extensive range of our reptilian leopard and generally boasts a more vivid color/pattern combination, plus a plastral depression that covers only the posterior third of males. However, these are merely general differences as a great variety of color/pattern/size combinations exist in any given region, especially when young and very old specimens are involved. I tend to agree with Boycott and Bourquin (1988) that the validity of babcocki is not at all justified by such small and often contradictory factors."

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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by arks » Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:02 am

I saw this leopard tortoise along the H1-8 on 17 April 2012.

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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:14 pm

Up Near Letaba

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Re: Tortoise: Leopard

Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:46 pm

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Saw a lot of young ones around Letaba, and very happy to say that I didn't see a single one that was hit by a car :dance:
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