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Leopard Tortoise

Common Name: Leopard Tortoise

Scientific Name: Stigmochelys pardalis

Diet: Leopard tortoises are herbivorous; their diet consists of a wide variety of plants including forbs, thistles, grasses, and succulents.

Overview: The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 40 centimetres and weighing 13 kilograms. 

Reproduction: Large females lay several clutches, and depending on the temperature, incubation may take 8–15 months. Females are formed at high temperatures (31– 34°C), whereas males hatch from eggs incubated at lower temperatures.

Conservation Status and Threats: The leopard tortoise is a widespread species and remains common throughout most of its range. Human activities, including agricultural burning, consumption, and especially commercial exploitation in the pet trade, are potential threats but have not yet caused significant population declines.

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