When they overturn, their shell shape means that they are often able to turn themselves back the right way.
The Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is the second largest African mainland tortoise (the African Spurred Tortoise is larger) and fourth largest in the world.
They can reach 16-28 inches in length and weigh up to 15kg. Their carapace (which is the name given to their shells) is a high domed or pyramid shape and are attractively marked which is usually a creamy yellowy colour with black blotches or stripes each one having it’s own unique identity.
They can move easily across rocky terrain thanks to their paddle-shaped front legs and truck like hind legs. They can also climb and can go underwater for up to 10 minutes.