Geographical Range Eastern and southern Africa
Habitat Dry woodlands, scrublands, savannas, grasslands
Scientific Name Geochelone pardalis
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

Not only is this African tortoise’s shell beautifully patterned, but it’s also the animal’s main defense against its enemies. When the leopard tortoise is threatened, it withdraws into its hard shell until the danger has passed.

This slow-moving reptile feeds primarily on fruits, plants, and grasses. It doesn’t require much water – a helpful trait for an animal that lives in mostly dry habitats. The leopard tortoise basks in the sun to warm itself, but will move into the shade if it feels too hot.