From our course on nature guiding we learnt to distinguish 3 types of chelonians: the tortoise, terrapin and turtle.

The tortoise is the one you typically find on land and has feet appropriate for walking.

At NJ More we managed to witness this leopard tortoise swim!

A terrapin lives in freshwater unlike the turtle which lives in seawater.


As a comparison here is a sea turtle from a diving trip in Bali many moons ago.

The leopard tortoise is one of my favourites and are awesome to see in the wild.  They are part of Africa’s Little Five. Below is a photo I took of one during our Wildlife Photography sessions at NJ More Field Guide College with Mike Tucker from Big5Photos.

Leopard tortoise


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