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Leopard tortoise

Leopard tortoise

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Scientific Name:

Geochelone pardalis babcocki


Distribution

East Africa from the Sahara to Ethiopia.


Diet:

Vegetation and fruit, with a preference for succulent plants and ripe fruits.


Facts

Lives in semiarid grasslands, savannahs and plains, up to an altitude of 3.000m. The female will lay eggs up to 6 times per year. The eggs are laid in a hole and can take up to a year to hatch. Adults reach a size of up to 70cm and can weigh 40kg.

 

The species is threatened, as they are hunted for food, and the eggs are decimated by predators.
Shells are used for various musical instruments.




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