Snappy the Tortoise
Snappy is the Salinas Public Library mascot. Snappy is a male Leopard Tortoise donated to the Library by Jurassic Pets. Snappy was named by the community through a popular vote. Snappy enjoys gourmet meals of fresh dandelions, radicchio, malva, opuntia cactus, kale, bindweed and clover with an occasional plum, strawberry or peach. On sunny days, he spends time in his Reading Room outside. On most Sundays Snappy takes a warm bath. Yes, even tortoises have to take baths!

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Snappy's Day

A Day in the Life of Snappy the Tortoise at the Salinas Public Library.

Snappy Cam

Watch Snappy on the Snappy Cam. If the screen is offline (or dark), Snappy is sleeping.

Leopard Tortoise Facts

  • Native to East and South Africa
  • Ectothermic requiring external heat source
  • Average adult size is 22-33 pounds, but can grow to over 80 pounds
  • Shell is made of living tissue and grows as the tortoise grows
  • Leopard Tortoises can live 30 years or more
  • Calcium is the most important mineral in the tortoise diet
  • Leopard Tortoises do not brumate like some other tortoises
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