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- The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world. Their name comes from the pattern on the top of their shell, or carapace.
- Leopard tortoises are most active during early morning and just before the sun sets. During much of the afternoon it is too hot, so they seek out shelter from the sun.
- They are herbivores and graze on grasses. These tortoises also eat fruit such as that of the prickly pear cactus. They have no teeth, but do have hard beak like mouths used to rip food.
- They obtain much of their required water from eating fruits and pads from cactus and succulents.
- They lay 15-30 eggs at a time. After the eggs hatch, the baby tortoises receive no parental care.
Did You Know?
Unlike some other tortoises, the leopard tortoise does not dig unless they are preparing a nest to lay eggs in. They will seek shelter from the heat or cold in burrows abandoned by other animals such as foxes or anteaters.