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Leopard Tortoise: Geochelone pardalis babcocki

Category: General

Experience Level: Advanced Tortoise [?]

Care Sheet: Leopard Tortoise

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Leopard Tortoises originally came from the savannas of Southern and Eastern Africa. Their importation ended in 2000, so nearly all available animals are captive born here in the US. Breeders have become better at producing them in recent years, and once they are well started, they are great to keep and work with. Inside they do well on mulch or sand, and in tanks or enclosures with temperature ranges from 77 f to 87 f. A basking spot of 98 f is needed. They are fine outdoors in temperatures up to 95 f, so long as they have well shaded hiding spots; and are protected from predators. Night time lows should be above 78 f for juveniles and above 65 f for larger tortoises. Low humidity is best for Leopards as a rule, but younger tortoises do need more than adults. We soak younger Leopards every third day for 5 -8 minutes in warm, shallow water. Leopard Tortoises are a desert species and should never have a water bowl. Constant access to greens and short, shallow soakings (3 times a week for hatchlings, twice a week for yearlings and two year olds, and once each week for adults) is their source of hydration.

They do very well on Tortoise chow, mixed with veggies, and will endlessly graze on romaine lettuce, or grass. A calcium supplement is important to add to their diet.

Leopard Tortoises can grow to 20 inches, and live up to 50 years for their keepers. A few have made it to 26 inches, and 75 years. Dedicated keeping, along with a little luck, undoubtedly makes a difference. Beginning with a thriving tortoise is the key; and we only offer Leopards that are well established.

The USDA requires a veterinary health certificate for Leopard tortoises (and Sulcatta Tortoises) to be shipped from state to state. The Turtle Source is now pleased to provide these health certificates at no additional cost for out of state orders. Obtaining the health certificate may delay shipping by one day.

PIctured are a 7 month juvenile, and a 3”yearling above and middle. Bottom Photo shows the many color phases leopards come in - these are our 7 - 8 week old juveniles .

* Remember, each Tortoise order comes with a free starter sample of the same Tortoise diet your Tortoise has been raised on - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *

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1: We have well started 18 week old Leopard Tortoises available:

Shipping Size: SMALL

Pricing: 1 or more: $179.00/ea.

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2: We have Leopard Tortoise hatchlings with an extra shell scute available :

Shipping Size: MEDIUM

Pricing: 1 or more: $169.00/ea.

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3: We have one very nice well started light colored yearling Leopard Tortoise available:

Shipping Size: MEDIUM

Pricing: 1 or more: $269.00/ea.
 • 2 or more: $249.00/ea.

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4: We have yearling Leopard Tortoises available with extra shell scutes, otherwise perfect available:

Shipping Size: SMALL

Pricing: 1 or more: $249.00/ea.

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5: We have one very pretty 3.5" Leopard Tortoise available with an extra shell scute, otherwise perfect : *Sorry, these tortoises have been ordered *

Shipping Size: LARGE

Pricing: 1 or more: $395.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

6: We have One very nice 6.5" Leopard Tortoise Available: (male) *Sorry, this tortoise has been ordered*

Shipping Size: MEDIUM

Pricing: 1 or more: $495.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

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