The Leopard Tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world and can grow up to two feet in length and weigh up to 32kg. As with many other tortoise species, the Leopard Tortoise has a long lifespan, often reaching 100 years or more.

Generally a solitary animal, the Leopard Tortoise spends the majority of its time grazing on plants, which it does effectively by using its sharp beak-like mouth. The Leopard Tortoise is a herbivore, meaning that it only eats plants and plant material in order to sustain itself. This tortoise primarily grazes on grasses, leaves, berries and flowers along with fruits such as the prickly pear and the occasional mushroom. The Leopard Tortoise at Werribee Open Range Zoo munch on a reptile salad mix and other vegetables. For treats, they enjoy delicacies such as hibiscus flowers, thistles and dandelions!

This large species of tortoise is found throughout the African savannahs and is the most widely distributed tortoise species in Southern Africa. It can be found in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan to the Cape. As a grazing species of tortoise, the Leopard Tortoise is most commonly found in semi-arid areas including shrubland and the open, grassy plains of the savannah, allowing them plenty of space to lug their hefty bodies around, unencumbered by too much brush. 

Come and visit the Leopard Tortoise exhibit on the Pula Walking Trail. Leopard Tortoise are particularly sensitive to the cold so you’ll notice that their exhibit includes outdoor areas for sunny days and cosy inside space for those cooler times.

S. pardalis
Found in 
Southern Africa