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What's a Leopard Tortoise?

Learn about the leopard tortoise from veterinarian Alix Wilson in this Howcast video.


So leopard tortoises are a fairly large African tortoise that has a very beautiful colored pattern on their shell. They can grow up to 50 pounds or more, so again, this is a species that you want to be careful about purchasing as a baby if you don't have the appropriate size enclosure for it as it gets larger.

They are tortoises that are found in a fairly dry environment. They eat grasses, leaves, and flowers in their native environment, and in captivity we can feed them leafy green vegetables and also dried hays.

So leopard tortoises do need a basking area of over 90 degrees in temperature. It should cool down into the 80s during the day and can get a little cooler at night.

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