Leopard tortoise care sheet


Things to know About Leopard Tortoise

Things to know About Leopard Tortoise

Baby Leopard tortoises for sale

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leopard tortoise breeders who care

As an experienced leopard tortoise breeder, we enjoy working with these beautiful creatures.  Here at Cbreptileszone, we hand raise some fantastic baby leopard tortoise hatchlings for sale.  When choosing a leopard tortoise for sale, it is important to find the right tortoise farm or tortoise breeder.  Searching for a leopard tortoise for sale near me? Good News! Cbreptileszone ships nationwide for one low flat rate for up to 4 hatchling or adult leopard tortoises

leopards are considered medium-sized tortoises

Did you know that the leopard tortoise (Pardalis Babcocki) is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world? While not huge, adult leopards reach 10-16-inches in length and weigh 18-40-pounds.  Although most of our leopards average around 11-12″ and 25-30 lbs at full maturity.  Also, leopards are much more manageable considering their size to other large tortoises like the African Sulcata.

Feeding your baby leopard tortoise

Leopard tortoises are a grazing species of tortoise.  Leos favor semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats and does well in similar setups when captive bred in captivity. In both very hot and very cold weather, they may dwell in abandoned animal holes for refuge.  Unlike the Sulcata tortoise for sale, which can be known for being destructive to yards by digging, etc, Leopard tortoises do not dig other than to make nests in which to lay eggs. Not surprisingly, given its propensity for grassland habitats, it grazes extensively upon mixed grasses.

Leo torts as we call them around here also favors succulents and thistles.  We feed our leopard tortoises a wide variety of high calcium greens to ensure proper nutrition and shell/bone development.  One of the biggest things with young leopard tortoises for sale is they need very humid air when small, as in the 75-80% range.  When considering purchasing a leopard tortoise for sale, or baby leopard tortoise, be sure to have plenty of greens and Mazuri tortoise chow on hand. Leopard tortoises’ diet should be at least 70% grasses and hay along with a daily helping of Mazuri tortoise food. Not surprisingly, given its preference for grassland habitats the Leopard tortoise grazes, extensively upon mixed grasses weeds, and flowers. It also favors the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus for sale (Opuntia sp.), succulents and thistles.

Leopard Tortoise Food list

As grazers, baby leopard tortoises feed on a variety of grasses and vegetation. Baby leopard tortoises for sale require a high-fiber diet rich in calcium. In addition to grazing the captive diet may be supplemented a couple times a week with collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens and flowers, hibiscus leaves and flowers, grape leaves, escarole, mulberry tree leaves, spineless cactus pads (Opuntia spp.), carrots, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkin, mushrooms, sweet potato, yellow squash, and bell peppers. Commercial diets may also be included in the diet.

Leopard Tortoise Size

Adult leopard tortoises for sale measure from 10 to 18 inches long depending on the geographic origin and subspecies of the tortoise. The Giant South African subspecies,  may grow to 24 inches.  Also the giant leopard tortoises from Ethiopia and Somalia may approach 30 inches. Females leopards often grow larger than males, however depending on the origin of the specimen this may be reversed, or male and females may be of similar size. Due to wide geographic variations, there are no set standards. Males may always be distinguished from females by their concaved plastron and a larger tail

Leopard tortoise Life Span

Leopard tortoise for sale can live between 50 and 150 years in the wild.  When considering buying a baby leopard tortoise for sale, or leopard tortoise hatchlings for sale, understand they will live anywhere between 50 and 100 years and may need to be “left to” or “willed” to your younger generations!  Buying a baby leopard tortoise a long-term commitment!

Leopard tortoise for sale – Lighting and Temperature

Leopard tortoises do not hibernate. In parts of their range they may experience freezing temperatures and seek shelter in animal burrows, but in most of their range, they experience a much narrower range of temperatures. Generally, that’s between 70 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Consider the necessary leopard tortoise habitat temperatures before finding you buy your new baby leopard tortoise for sale online.

Breeding Leopard Tortoises and Egg Incubation

Leopard tortoises for sale are not aggressive, so multiple males and females may be kept together. Females may lay one to five clutches of eggs approximately four to six weeks apart. Eggs are laid at various times of the year based on the origin of the tortoise. Clutch size ranges from six to 20 eggs.

Where to buy a baby leopard tortoise?

Stigmachelys pardalis pardalis is less common in collections than Stigmachelys pardalis babcocki.  Looking for a giant leopard tortoise for sale, or giant leopard tortoise for sale?No problem! Just head on over to our Giant South African Leopard tortoise page.  Keep in mind that giants are more expensive.  In addition, South African leopards have less of a domed shell and have a darker, speckled body and head. In our opinion, giants also seem to be a bit more outgoing and less shy.  Lastly, we believe giant leopard tortoises are an overall hardier species.