Baby Leopard Tortoises for adoption
Born February, March, & April 2010

Baby Leopard Tortoises, Stimochelys (formerly Geochelone) pardalis babcocki.  These are the Northern African Leopard tortoises that can reach 80lbs. These are a forever pet with daily maintenance. In Africa they graze on grasses, shrubs, and succulents. Ideal temperatures are between 75 and 100, all year long. They do not tolerate cold weather or hibernate. These 3 were born on 2/2/10. If interested in obtaining one of these, please don't call the business line. Tracy schedules Lizard Wizard events only. Please do contact me through my email:  lizardwizard.ofsd@yahoo.com

These have an adoption fee with adoption papers for you to sign and a care sheet specifically for the Leopard Tortoise.

At most events, I will have one with me.

Conservation


Leopard tortoises are increasingly being bred in captivity. This is a positive development, as it should lead to a gradual reduction in demand for animals caught in the wild. In most cases, wild-caught leopard tortoises are not only loaded with ticks, mites and internal parasites, but they are usually very stressed and dehydrated and may not voluntarily eat. Even in the best of circumstances, wild-caught leopard tortoises will run up extensive veterinary bills and much time will be spent rehabilitating them. As of March 22, 2000, the USDA has banned importation of the Leopard Tortoise, Bell's Hinge-backed Tortoise and the African Spurred Tortoise.

In the wild, healthy populations still exist in rural areas, national parks and nature reserves. However, it is a staple food item in the diets of many local peoples. In areas of significant human populations, the leopard tortoise is considered rare.

This enclosure is not pretty, but it has all of their needs. A red bulb on 24 hours and a white bulb for daylight hours that is on a timer. A stick on thermometer will determine the heat bulb needs for any given day. A hiding box with humidity. Lots of greens to eat or hide under and create humidity. Mazuri tortoise food is great. Romaine was fed on this day because I got it for free. In the wild, babies hide under plants. Half the ground cover is rabbit pellets. Its non-toxic and okay to eat. Black and white newspaper works too. Never astro-turf or fake grass or carpet. As with all reptile terrariums, create a basking side and a cooler side. Only as babies do they need some humidity to avoid pyramiding. As adults, humidity is harmful. It is my opinion that pyramiding is common among captive bred and raised Leopards due to their easy life syle. They are already in a larger enclosure and separated.