Homopus solus

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Nama Padloper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Homopus
Species: H. solus
Binomial name
Homopus solus
Branch, 2007
  • Homopus solus Branch, 2007
  • Homopus bergeri Lindholm, 1906
  • Homopus boulengeri Mertens, 1955

The Nama padloper (Homopus solus), previously known as Berger's cape tortoise, is a species of tortoise in the Homopus ("padloper") genus.[1][2][3][4][5] It is endemic to Namibia.[1]

The species is threatened by traffic on roads, habitat destruction and poaching for the pet trade.[citation needed] As the trade in collected Homopus species is strictly illegal and any captive specimens are systematically registered in non-commercial studbooks in South Africa and Namibia, any commercial sale of Homopus tortoises is almost without exception strictly illegal.[citation needed] Another threat comes from introduced species, such as domestic dogs and pigs.[citation needed]

The species does not generally survive well in captivity unless some effort is made to supply specimens with their natural food, that is, endemic plants from the Cape/Karoo regions.[6]


  1. ^ a b Branch, W.R. (1996). Homopus solus. 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 June 2013.
  2. ^ IUCN Appendix 1. Regional Species Lists
  3. ^ Homopus solus, Namibia Biodiversity Database, retrieved 30 June 2013.
  4. ^ Homopus Research Foundation website, retrieved 1 July 2013.
  5. ^ Homopus solus, The Reptile Database
  6. ^ Corton, M., Homopus (Padloper Tortoise) Care, World Chelonian Trust (retrieved August 20, 2013).