Greek Tortoise

The Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca graeca) is a small chelonian reptile. It is also known as the Spur-Thighed Tortoise. 

The Greek Tortoise varies in colour and shell pattern, from dark-brown to bright yellow. The shell, called the carapace, is domed, and in some sub-species it bends upwards at the edges. 

It measures about 20 centimetres (8 inches) in length. 

Greek Tortoise

The Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca) is native to northern Africa, southern Europe, and southwest Asia. It is also prevalent in the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus – in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and southern Russia. The subspecies of the Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca graeca) is native to northern Africa and southern Spain. 

It prefers semi-desert zones. It does not hibernate in winter. 

It feeds on vegetation. 

The female Greek Tortoise lays 2-12 eggs in the sand. The eggs hatch after 90 days. 

It is long-lived, living up to 125 years. 

Greek Tortoise
Greek Tortoise
Greek Tortoise
Greek Tortoise
Greek Tortoise

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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