Giant South African Leopard Tortoise for sale
Looking for a Giant South African leopard tortoise for sale? Pardalis Pardalis also known as the Giant South African Leopard Tortoise is a larger subspecies of the more common Pardalis Babcocki leopard tortoise.
Giant South African Leopard Tortoises have a very outgoing personality and are much less shy then the more common leopard tortoise. The giants get slightly larger, with most reaching sizes of 13-16″ though some in rare cases have been reported larger. We recommend our 6-month-old well started baby giant leopard tortoises for sale over the fragile hatchling giant south african leopard tortoise for sale.
Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys [Geochelone] pardalis)
The leopard tortoise is the second largest tortoise native to Africa. Only the African spurred tortoise, (also known as the Sulcata tortoise for sale) is larger. Two subspecies are generally recognized. Stigmochelys pardalis babcocki is the most common species in the pet trade. It has a large natural range resulting in geographic variations in size, color and temperature tolerance. Stigmochelys pardalis pardalis is from South Africa and Namibia. S. pardalis pardalis can be distinguished from S. pardalis babcocki as it is generally darker in color, may not be as high domed and generally grows larger.
Without knowing the origin of a leopard tortoise, it is difficult to distinguish adults of the two species due to the geographic variations of S. p. babcocki. Hatchling tortoises of each species are generally distinguished based on the number of dark spots on each scute. S. p. babcocki generally have one black dot or no dots, while S. p. pardalis generally have two black dots on each scute.
Giant Leopard Tortoise Size
Adult leopard tortoises measure from 10 to 18 inches long depending on the geographic origin and subspecies of the tortoise. The South African Leopard Tortoise subspecies, Stigmachelys pardalis pardalis, may grow to 24 inches and the giants from Ethiopia and Somalia may approach 30 inches. Females often grow larger than males, however depending on the origin of the specimen this may be reversed, or male and females may be of similar size. Due to wide geographic variations, there are no set standards to size. Male leopard tortoises may always be distinguished from females by their concaved plastron and longer tails. Stigmachelys pardalis pardalis is less common in collections than Stigmachelys pardalis babcocki.
Leopard Tortoise Life Span
Leopard tortoises live between 50 and 100 years in the wild.