Leopard Tortoise Laying Eggs

Summer Means Iced Honeybush
20th May 2016

H ow fortunate was I to come across this Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) - right outside the Lodge at Oudeberg Nature Reserve - laying 10 eggs in the space of a few minutes. Only at the end of this spectacle did I realise I could film it with my camera: here you can see her covering the eggs. No, it's not in slow motion! Of the 10, probably only a couple will make it to adulthood, which could last for 80-100 years.