On our way home from the Cape, we saw this huge tortoise next to the tar road. I was very surprised to find him there, picked him up and put him further away from the traffic. And yes, I just had to take a photo or two!
(South Africa)
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The Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is a large and attractively marked tortoise found throughout the savannas of Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape. This chelonian is a grazing species of tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats, although some leopard tortoises have been found in rainier areas. In both very hot and very cold weather they may dwell in abandoned fox, jackal, or anteater holes. 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. It also favors the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), succulents and thistles. They generally have a life span of 100 years.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    What a shiny, healthy-looking chap Liz! He’s beautiful! It’s wonderful that you moved him away from the traffic, I’ve seen what a car can do to a tortoise on the road!

  • Thank you Maree! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    what a beauty! good on ya for ehlping it away from the road

  • Thanks so much! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • supernan
    supernanover 3 years ago

    We dont often see these nowadays beautiful capture takes me back to my childhood when they were common here x

  • ;-)) Thanks Nan! Much appreciated.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    He is beautiful Elizabeth, great capture.

  • Thanks Andrea, wonderful support always!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Welgedaan vir ons erfenis en welgedaan……. puik foto!
    2 DAY 2011/04/16

  • Baie dankie….en baie dankie! ;-)))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    goin my way.

  • Smile! ;-)
    (thanks!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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