Leopard Tortoise - Chewing up Minerals
An adult Leopard Tortoise chews on some calcrete rocks, trying its best to get to some valuable salts and minerals.
This is typical behavior, and very funny to observe. Ultimately all animals in the wild have their "diet" to follow. When in need, instinct kicks in and nothing will stop them from getting what they need and want. With a very hard mouth / beak, this guy can actually break off little pieces of salty rock so as to sustain its needs.
The Leopard tortoise is a large and attractively marked tortoise found in the savannas of Eastern and Southern Africa, from Sudan to the southern Cape. It is the only member of the genus ''Stigmochelys'', but in the past it was commonly placed in ''Geochelone'' instead. This chelonian is a grazing species of tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats, although some leopard tortoises have been found in rainier areas. In both very hot and very cold weather they may dwell in abandoned.. more