MEET SAMMY

Sammy, a relatively young Leopard Tortoise, was brought to us after being found on a local junior school campus. He has already had quite a tough life as one can tell from the damage to the skirt of his carapace – doubtless stemming from the curiosity of dogs.

Leopard tortoise

He was brought to our garden on a very chilly afternoon, carefully conveyed in a beer box.

leopard tortoise

The shell pattern is very attractive – both on top and underneath.

leopard tortoise

Once Sammy had undergone the ignominy of being photographed from all angles, he found refuge under the Spekboom growing near the swimming pool.

leopard tortoise

It was a day or so later that we spotted him exploring the tangle of Plumbago before he disappeared for a while. Once the bout of cold weather gave way to warm sunshine, however, Sammy was on the move again and was last seen tucking himself away under the Van Stadens Daisies on the edge of the lawn. This is good news for Leopard Tortoises mostly eat grass – of which we have a variety in the garden. Sammy has the freedom to go wherever he pleases. I wonder when, and if, he will meet Bryan (the Angulate Tortoise) during his wanderings.

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2 thoughts on “MEET SAMMY

  1. So cool to have tortoises in your garden. We get many of them here in Struisbaai. Luckily not much traffic as they are often seen on the neighbourhood roads.

  2. It IS lovely to come across a tortoise now and then. The parrotbeaked tortoises disappeared within days not to be seen again and a much larger leopard tortoise continued its journey after a stay of several weeks. Bryan is our longest resident so far and it will be interesting to see how long Sammy stays. I imagine that with the onset of winter he will remain at least until summer.

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