Reptiles Alive Name: “Janis” (aka Dash)
Hissstory: Janis was donated to Reptiles Alive by our former Lead Keeper, Janis Gerritts in October of 2002.
RA Diet: Janis dines on grass, weeds, hay and occasionally gets some fruit as a special treat.
Natural Diet: Leopard tortoises graze on grasses and weeds. Kind of like cows with shells.
Range: Leopard tortoises are found in Africa from South Africa north to Sudan.
Habitat: Deserts and savannas are the primary habitat of leopard tortoises. They hide in burrows during the hottest part of the day.
Size: Leopard tortoises are big turtles. They can grow over 20 inches long and weigh around 50 pounds. The record weight for a leopard tortoise is 96 pounds.
Lifespan: Tortoises can live for up to around 100 years.
Reproduction: Leopard tortoise females lay around 20-25 eggs in a clutch. The eggs hatch in 120 to 150 days.
Conservation: Leopard tortoises have two main threats: habitat loss and collection for the pet trade or bush meat markets.
Cool Fact: Leopard tortoises have voices! When mating, a male tortoise makes a series of grunts that can actually be quite loud.