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steelrumor

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I was in south africa recently on a hunt and found this guy while returning to camp. Anyone have a clue what he is? He barely even cared that I was there went back to grazing right after I took the picture.

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Looking like a sulcata, but I have no idea if there are any other wild species that resembles a sulcata.
 

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Leopard...and holy moley!
 

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Definitely a leopard with a pair of the biggest front legs I've ever seen on a leopard tortoise!
 

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There was another just shell i had found on this same property that was the same size if not larger. sorry i didn't take a picture of that one. I was about an hour outside of east london. something like six thousand acres i this particular area.
 

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The legs and leg scales are ginormous. Incredible animal.
 

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South African leopards tend to not be shy like other varieties. I'm not surprised he didn't care about your presence. I saw some down on the Cape in the nature preserve and they were practically pushing me out of their way as they passed.

@steelrumor Tell us please, what is the humidity and rainfall like there when you snapped this pic. Surely it must be bone dry like a desert at all times like the books say, right?

Oh yeah, and what are you hunting? Watch out for sneaky puff adders and lounging Cape buffalo. :)
 

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Good specimen. I think most leopard types will display some personality, so it's not a surprise this one was not phased by your presence.
 

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Sorry to throw a wrench in the mix there Tom but actually yeah i was in the high desert. During their winter season they don't get quite a bit of rain in the area I was at so I'm not quite sure on the humidity though for the rest of the year. It was hanging around a watering hole when i found it however.

As for what I hunted a few things here and there nothing too crazy.. No lions with names or anything like that.
 

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