Range & Habitat
Leopard tortoises live throughout southern and eastern Africa, from sea level to elevations as high as 10,000 feet (3,050 m).
A wide range of habitats—from forest and scrubland to grassland and near-desert—support leopard tortoises. They need grass to eat and large trees or bushes to shade them from the heat of the day. These reptiles can’t survive anywhere too wet or too cold, and can have health issues if the humidity is consistently over 70 or 80 percent. They can tolerate temperatures down to 41° F (5° C) for limited periods, but prefer it to be 68° to 86° F (20° to 30° C) .