Baby Leopard tortoises for sale
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The leopard tortoise (Pardalis Babcocki) is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 10-16-inches (460 mm) and weighing 18-40-pounds (18 kg) with most averaging around 11-12″ and 25-30 lbs at full maturity. Large examples like the giant south African leopard tortoise (pardalis pardalis), or the Giants of Ethiopia may be 70-cm (28 inches) long and weigh up to 80-120-pounds (54 kg). An adult’s maximum shell length can reach a 24-inch (610 mm) diameter. We have a fantastic selection of giant south African leopard tortoise for sale. Check out the Giant leopard tortoise for sale as well as the more common northern African and east African leopard tortoise.
Leopard Tortoises for sale
The carapace of the leopard tortoise is high and domed, sometimes with pyramid shaped scutes. Juvenile leopard tortoises and young leopard tortoise adults are attractively marked and the markings on each individual are unique. The skin and background color are cream to yellow, and the carapace is marked with black blotches, spots or even dashes or stripes. However, in mature adults the markings tend to fade to a slaty, nondescript brown or grey, commonly tinged with the local dust. Shop our leopard tortoises for sale where you will find baby leopard tortoise for sale as well as well started 6 month old well started baby leopard tortoises for sale. We also have a fantastic leopard tortoise care and leopard tortoise diet section to help you learn the proper leopard tortoise hatbitat as well as serving as a overall leopard tortoise care guide.
The leopard tortoise for sale (Stigmochelys pardalis) is a large and attractively marked tortoise found in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape. This tortoise is the only member of the genus Stigmochelys, although in the past it was commonly placed in Geochelone.
Leopard tortoises for sale are the second largest tortoise native to Africa. Only the African spurred tortoise 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. p. pardalis can be distinguished from S. p. babcocki as it is generally darker in color, may not be as high domed and generally grows larger.
The leopard tortoise is a grazing species that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats and does well in similar setups when captive bred in captivity. In both very hot and very cold weather they may dwell in abandoned animal holes for refuge. Unlike the Sulcata tortoise, which can be known for being destructive to yards by digging, etc, Leopard tortoises do not dig other than to make nests in which to lay eggs. Not surprisingly, given its propensity for grassland habitats, it grazes extensively upon mixed grasses. Leo torts as we call them around here, also favors succulents and thistles. We feed our leopard tortoises a wide variety of high calcium greens to ensure proper nutrition and shell/bone development. One of the biggest things with young leopard tortoises for sale is they need very humid air when small, as in the 75-80% range. When considering purchasing a leopard tortoise for sale, or baby leopard tortoise for sale, be sure to have plenty of greens and Mazuri tortoise chow on hand.
Leopard Tortoise Diet
The leopard tortoises’ diet should be at least 70% grasses and hay along with a daily helping of Mazuri tortoise food. Not surprisingly, given its preference for grassland habitats the Leopard tortoise grazes, extensively upon mixed grasses weeds, and flowers. It also favors the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus for sale (Opuntia sp.), succulents and thistles.
Leopard Tortoise Food
As grazers, leopard tortoises feed on a variety of grasses and vegetation. They require a high-fiber diet rich in calcium. In addition to grazing the captive diet may be supplemented a couple times a week with collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens and flowers, hibiscus leaves and flowers, grape leaves, escarole, mulberry tree leaves, spineless cactus pads (Opuntia spp.), carrots, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkin, mushrooms, sweet potato, yellow squash, and bell peppers. Commercial diets may also be included in the diet.
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 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. Males may always be distinguished from females by their concaved plastron and a larger tail.
Leopard Tortoise Life Span
Leopard tortoises can live between 50 and 150 years in the wild. When considering buying a baby leopard tortoise for sale, or baby leopard tortoises for sale, understand they will live anywhere between 50 and 100 years and may need to be “left to” or “willed” to your younger generations! Buying a baby leopard tortoise for sale is a long term commitment!
Leopard Tortoise Lighting and Temperature
Leopard tortoises do not hibernate. In parts of their range they may experience freezing temperatures and seek shelter in animal burrows, but in most of their range, they experience a much narrower range of temperatures. Generally, that’s between 70 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Breeding Leopard Tortoises and Egg Incubation
Leopard tortoises for sale are not aggressive, so multiple males and females may be kept together. Females may lay one to five clutches of eggs approximately four to six weeks apart. Eggs are laid at various times of the year based on the origin of the tortoise. Clutch size ranges from six to 20 eggs.
Where to buy a leopard tortoise for sale?
Stigmachelys pardalis pardalis is less common in collections than Stigmachelys pardalis babcocki. If you are. looking for a giant leopard tortoise, or giant leopard tortoise for sale, please head on over to our Giant South African Leopard tortoise page. The giants are more expensive, have less of a domed shell, and have a darker, speckeled body and head. The giants also seem to be a bit more outgoing and less shy, as well as being an overall hardier species.