Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)

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The Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is a large and attractively marked tortoise found in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape.A grazing species of tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats, although some leopard tortoises have been found in rainier areas. The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 18-inch (460 mm) and weighing 40-pound (18 kg). Large examples may be 70-centimetre (28 in) long and weigh up to 120-pound (54 kg). A very long-lived animal, the leopard tortoise is seldom sexually mature until it is between the ages of 12 and 15 years and typically lives 80 to 100 years.
Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis), Kruger National Park, South Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 300 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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