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Leopard Tortoise Stigmochelys Pardalis
No other region on earth houses a greater diversity of tortoises than the subcontinent of Africa. This area includes the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa. Found here are five genera and 14 species. Three of the genera and 12 species are endemic.
Many African nations have some very distinct and critically endangered species on the planet.
South African and East African islands have initiated a great seize and ban on exportation of many species helping them to not decline. Conservation groups have also been focused to keeping many African species of tortoises in studbooks and captive breeding programs. A strong presents of conservation still needs to focus much of the assurance of species from this great continent.
In southern Africa, tortoises are found from the Indian Ocean in the east, to the turbulent Atlantic in the west; from lowland jungle regions of Mozambique, to the sand-blown stretches of barren land that comprise much of the Namib and Kalahari deserts. They occur near sea level where blankets of fog often enshroud the entire countryside and in cold and montane regions, where winter freezing and snow isn't out of the question. Considering all the elevational factors and habitat variants that such a landmass represents, it isn't surprising to find one or more tortoise species in any of the aforementioned locales. They do show a preference for certain ecological niches, hence the diversity of isolated populations, demonstrated by pattern and color dimorphism.Nauti-Lass breeds/acquires and sells the African species shown below at different times of the year based on their availability.
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