Leopard Tortoise

Our Leopard Tortoise, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Leopard Tortoise (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Leopard Tortoise Facts
Leopard Tortoise
Stigmochelys pardalis


Life Span
50-75 years

16-24 inches

Average Weight
40-80 lbs

Group Name

Group Size

Name of Young

Our Leopard Tortoise, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • 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.