TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Leo DiCaprio

Shells Out Cash for

Exotic New Pet

9/15/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Leonardo DiCaprio just made a long-term commitment -- but sorry Bar, we're talking about a new pet tortoise he bought ... that's expected to live for another 70 years!

0914_leo_tmz_video

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ, Leo picked up the 10-year-old Sulcata tortoise at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA over the weekend -- which he attended with fellow "Inception" star Lukas Haas -- and get this ... the animal can live to be 80 years old!

According to sources, Leo called a California pet store that specializes in rare reptiles and requested the tortoise one day before he picked it up. We're told the tortoise ran Leo a cool $400.

We're told Leo asked for the biggest tortoise they had -- a 38-pounder -- but according to experts, Sulcatas can grow to weigh 200 pounds.

Good thing he can afford 70 years worth of turtle food.

54 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

Casey    

He should of adopted instead. I've been to that pet store in Fountain Valley. They throw birthday parties there with lots of bratty little kids running around. Poor animals.

1317 days ago
2.

Truth    

WHAT AN IDIOT... ANOTHER CELEB A-HOLE WHO'S GOT TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS. WHY DOES EVERY FREAKIN HOLLYWOOD D-LISTER THINKS HE'S MJ?? LEAVE EFFING ANIMALS ALONE.

1317 days ago
3.

Eric    

That's more than Sandra Bullock paid for an entire kid.

1317 days ago
4.

Kàt    

Inpulse shopper much? Hope he researched the pet shop and how the turtle was obtained? He may be wealthy, but in this economy I sure can think of better ways to spend 400 bucks.

1317 days ago
5.

Daisy Dooks    

WHAT AN IDIOT... ANOTHER CELEB A-HOLE WHO'S GOT TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS. WHY DOES EVERY FREAKIN HOLLYWOOD D-LISTER THINKS HE'S MJ?? LEAVE EFFING ANIMALS ALONE

um, Leo D is hardly a D-lister. Do you watch movies at all? And since when does buying a pet mean you have too much time on your hands? maybe you have too much time on your hands to be typing up nonsense

1317 days ago
6.

FlamingoNut    

Lighten up people, he only spent $400, not $4,000.
Logically not the best pet to purchase, but it's probably low maintenance, which is a good thing, considering he's always travelling. Bet it ends up in a zoo.

1317 days ago
7.

Murgatroyd    

A dog or cat is not good enough for this silly twit? I can't imagine petting a turtle.

1317 days ago
8.

iamsuperdan    

A turtle? And he drives a Prius.

When did Leo grow a vagina? I'm not saying it's gay, but I heard Elton John looked at his turtle and car and said, "what a homo!"

True story.

1317 days ago
9.

Quinn    

# 11, iamsuperdan, that was some funny a$$ s#!t.

- but I do love turtles.

1317 days ago
10.

Stacey    

I love turtles! It is pretty cruel that he would buy one as a pet.

Maybe he will have a birthday party for him (turtle) and invite Paris's creatures.

1317 days ago
11.

Reilly    

Turtle food? Most tortoises are herbivorous, and aren't that expensive to feed. They just need a lot of plants, hay and grass.

1317 days ago
12.

Reilly    

There are so many desert tortoise rescue groups in CA. Not as exotic as sulcatas, but there are many rescue desert tortoises in CA, AZ & NV in need of good homes. Once they are taken from the desert by morons, they cannot be returned to the wild. They won't survive.

My desert tortoise Tobias would like to point out that the tortoise in the photo doesn't look healthy. His shell is awfully pointy, meaning he probably didn't get a decent diet as a youngster.

1317 days ago
13.

awards    

For $400 he could have 400 of our Tamil Tiger Terrorists who recently arrived by boat. Taxes and shipping not included. Just contact the Canadian Embassy. They are more entertaining than turtles!

1317 days ago
14.

Amelie brisebois    

It's actually a great pet he's gotten! they are low maintenance, they only eat veggies, and they can live outside in a huge pen in the sun all their lives (depending on where you are located, it has to be hot temperatures). He's made a great choice, specially if he's gonna leave and travel a lot. Reptiles are a good choice for that lifestyle, it would be way more cruel buying a dog who will be left alone all the time. sulcatas make great pets even when they're fully grown. So what if it's 400, it's a decent price for an animal that lives that long, compared to exotic birds that are big and live 70yrs, it's way less expensive. Wow, you people need to calm down and actually research about pet reptiles...

1317 days ago
15.

Anonimo    

$400 for a 38 pound pet. $9.50/pound. just kidding. Why not? But as long as you are Leo, how about a male and female pair just for those times when, you know, it's important? Else the turtle might be humping Leo's leg.

1317 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web