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“We called him Tortoise because he taught us.” –Lewis Carroll. If the Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) could talk, they’d probably have a lot to teach us, or a good many stories to tell us, as in the wild they can live to be 100 years old! They are the fourth largest tortoise species, living predominantly in the African Savannah. They’re herbivores, eating mostly grasses and small berries, but will also ingest bones when in need of some extra calcium. AND much like the leopard for which it is named, the spots on each tortoise’s shell is unique to the individual. Species Status: Least Concern

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