Leopard tortoise

Leopard tortoise

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis), feeding on grass. This tortoise feeds on grasses, fruits and the pads of the prickly pear. The largest specimens can reach 60 centimetres in length. It is widely distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in semi-arid grassland. Photographed at De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.

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