Baby Leopard tortoises for sale

You’ve come to the best leopard tortoise breeder in the country. Our baby leopard tortoises can make excellent additions to any reptile collection for young and old alike!  Check out our baby leopard tortoise for sale selection.

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As an experienced leopard tortoise breeder, we enjoy working with these beautiful creatures.  Here at tortoise town, we hand raise some fantastic baby leopard tortoise hatchlings for sale.  When choosing a leopard tortoise for sale, it is important to find the right tortoise farm or tortoise breeder.  Searching for a leopard tortoise for sale near me? Good News! Tortoise Town ships nationwide for one low flat rate for up to 4 hatchling or adult leopards.

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Medium Sized Tortoise

Did you know that the leopard tortoise (Pardalis Babcocki) is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world? While not huge, adult leopards reach 10-16-inches in length and weigh 18-40-pounds.  Although most of our leopards average around 11-12″ and 25-30 lbs at full maturity.  Also, leopards are much more manageable considering their size to other large tortoises like the African Sulcata.

Giant leopard tortoise

 Yes leopard tortoises are considered a medium sized tortoise breed, but how about the Giants? Giant South African leopard tortoises for sale are another popular subspecies of the leopard.  Large examples like the giant south African leopard tortoise (pardalis pardalis). Giant leopards from Ethiopia may be 28 inches.

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Also, giants can weigh up to 80 pounds. A giant leopard adult’s maximum shell length can reach a 28-inches, however, 18″ is much more common.  Most importantly, we have a fantastic selection of giant south African leopard tortoise.  Be sure you check out the Giant leopard tortoise for sale. Tortoise town does recommend the giant leopard over the more common northern African and East African leopard tortoise.

Giant South African tortoises seem to be a bit more outgoing.  Personalities vary from tortoise to tortoise but we do notice that to be true here as well.  Our “PP Leos” as we call them here at the tortoise farm also seem to be a bit easier to keep.  Giant leopards seem to be more cold tolerant than their eastern counterparts.

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The carapace of the baby leopard tortoise for sale is high and domed.  Also, sometimes with pyramid shaped scutes. Juvenile tortoises and young leopard tortoise adults are attractively marked.  Interestingly, the markings on each individual are unique to that tortoise.  Leopards’ skin and background color is cream to yellow.  Lastly, their carapace is marked with black blotches, spots or even dashes that can resemble stripes.

However, in mature adults, the markings tend to fade to a slaty, nondescript tan-ivory.  Adult shell color also is commonly tinted with the dry sand dust from the local region.  Shop our leopard torts where you will find baby leopard tortoise for sale.  A better buy is a well-started baby.  Tortoise town offers all of our hatchlings in a well started 6-month old well-started baby stage as well as fresh hatchings.  Explore our fantastic tortoise care and leopard tortoise diet section.  It is important to learn the proper leopard tortoise habitat set up, as well as serving as an overall leopard tortoise care guide.

True African tortoises for sale

The leopard tortoise for sale is a large and attractively marked tortoise.  Leopards are most commonly found in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa.  Leopards exist in the geographic range from Sudan to the southern Cape. This tortoise is the only member of the genus Stigmochelys.  However, 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. Giant leopard tortoises can be distinguished from smaller East African leopards as it they are generally darker in color.  Also, it will not be as high domed and generally, grows larger.

Feeding your baby tortoise

Leopard tortoises are a grazing species of tortoise.  Leos favor 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 for sale, 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 leopards a wide variety of high calcium greens to ensure proper nutrition and shell/bone development.  One of the biggest things with young 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, be sure to have plenty of greens and Mazuri tortoise chow on hand.

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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 list

As grazers, baby tortoises feed on a variety of grasses and vegetation. Baby leopard tortoises for sale 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 for sale measure from 10 to 18 inches long depending on the geographic origin and subspecies of the tortoise. The Giant South African subspecies,  may grow to 24 inches.  Also the giant leopard tortoises from Ethiopia and Somalia may approach 30 inches. Females leopards 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 concave plastron and a larger tail.

Leopard tortoise Life Span

Leopard tortoise for sale can live between 50 and 150 years in the wild.  When considering buying a baby leopard tortoise for sale, or tortoise hatchlings 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 a long-term commitment!

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.  Consider the necessary leopard tortoise habitat temperatures before finding you buy your new baby leopard tortoise for sale online.

Breeding and Eggs

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 baby tortoise?

Stigmachelys pardalis pardalis is less common in collections than Stigmachelys pardalis babcocki.  Looking for a giant leopard tortoise for sale, or giant leopard tortoise for sale?No problem! Just head on over to our Giant South African Leopard tortoise page.  Keep in mind that giants are more expensive.  In addition, South African leopards have less of a domed shell and have a darker, speckled body and head. In our opinion, giants also seem to be a bit more outgoing and less shy.  Lastly, we believe giant leopard tortoises are an overall hardier species.

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