leopard tortoise, tortoises of kenya

The Leopard tortoise(Geochelone pardalis) is a large and attractively marked tortoise which has a wide distribution in sub-Saharan Africa, including recorded localities in southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Eastern Africa (including Natal), Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Southwest Africa. This chelonian is a large, grazing species of tortoise that favours semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats. It is, however, also found in some regions featuring a higher level of precipitation, although some leopard tortoises have been found in rainier areas. In both very hot and very cold weather they may dwell in abandoned fox, jackal, or anteater holes. Leopard Tortoises do not dig other than to make nests in which to lay eggs. Not surprisingly, given its propensity for grassland habitats it grazes, extensively upon mixed grasses. It also favours the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), succulents and thistles. It grows to quite a respectable size, with adults reaching 16 - 18 inches (40 - 50 cm) and 40 pounds (18 Kg). Large examples may be 60 cm (over 2 feet) long and weigh about 80 lbs. They generally have a life span of 50 years.

Direction Drive 262.75 km or 4.38 hrs north west from last photo
Location Kisumu, East Africa, Kenya, Africa
Info F 5.6 1/1600 ISO 400 with Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Country Kenya State East Africa
City Kisumu Weather Sunny
Continent Africa Day Kisumu
Activity Kisumu Museum Tour GAP (Great Adventure People)
Date 2007:09:20 16:44:28 Make Canon
Model Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi Width 1965
Height 1474 Flash Off, Did not fire
Focal 85.0 mm Exposure 1/1600
F Number 5.6 ISO 400
White Bal. Auto Program Aperture-priority AE
Compensation 0 Hyperfocal 69.49 m
Latitude -0.108097222222222 Longitude 34.7632833333333
Altitude 72.39910131 m File Size 2.5 MB
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