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Leopard Tortiose

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Posted by: exoticball at Fri Aug 13 12:13:23 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by exoticball ]  
   

Last year my wife and I attended the Tinley park reptile show in oct and while we were their we picked up a baby Leopard tortiose, we were told that we would not be able to tell its sex until in matures so we got it set up and we named it buddy. We currently own 26 snakes, a 200 rats, 10 mice, and this is our fist tortoise, and it is by far my wife's favorite pet and she really wants to get another one and her birthday is coming up, but I have been looking around and I noticed that there are two different types of Leopard Tortoises, and I recall when was at the show that there was the Leopard tortoise and the south African leopard tortoise, which I was told the south African leopard tortoise is the one that gets huge and the other one caps out between 18-26 inches and normally maxes out around 50 pds. Now that I am considering another tortoise, I want to make sure that I know what type I have so how can I tell the difference between the two. Also some day I think it would be great to be able to breed this animals someday and I was wondering where can I find more information on them. I have read some websites that say that it takes 15 years to reach maturity but then I read the post below where someone had a 6 year old lay eggs. I just want to understand these guys a little more before I go picking up another, so if you have any recommendable resources I would appreciate it.

Thanks for any advice you can offer,
Matt


   

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