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  • noun Any of the genus Homopus of tiny tortoises, indigenous and endemic to southern Africa.


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Afrikaans, literally "path-walker".


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  • The Sperregebiet region is a hotspot for endemic reptiles, including an unusual endemic tortoise, the Namba padloper (Homopus bergeri, VU).

    Succulent Karoo 2008

  • As in the rest of South Africa, tortoise diversity is very high in the Succulent Karoo, with seven taxa, two of which are endemic: the Namaqualand tent tortoise (Psammobates tentorius trimeni) and the Namaqualand speckled padloper (Homopus signatus signatus).

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo 2008

  • "Not only can one find here one of the world's largest tortoises, the mountain tortoise, but also the smallest - the southern speckled padloper - and one of the rarest, the geometric tortoise."

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2002

  • In total, four lizards, a gecko, a skunk and a tortoise are specialists to this habitat: Husaben sand lizard (Pedioplanis husabensis), Namaqua spinytail lizard (Cordylus namaquensis), Campbell's spinytail lizard (Cordylus campbelli), Herero girdled lizard (Cordylus pustulatus), Brandberg thick-toed gecko, Albert's skink, and Nama padloper (Homopus sp. nov).

    Namibian savanna woodlands 2008


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