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The leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is named for the attractively marked with black blotches, spots or even dashes and stripes on a yellow background in juveniles and young adults. These markings fade as the tortoise ages. Found in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape, the leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world. It is also The leopard tortoise is a member of the Small 5 – along with the rhino beetle, the red-billed buffalo weaver, elephant shrew and the antlion.
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