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Egyptian Tortoise

The Egyptian Tortoise is a very small-sized tortoise species, and in fact, the smallest in the Northern Hemisphere. This species belong to the neck-hiding tortoise group and are known for their brightly-colored and geometrically-designed carapace.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Testudo
    Species T. kleinmanni
    Scientific Name Testudo kleinmanni


    Other Names Kleinmann’s tortoise, Leith’s tortoise
    Length/Size Males are typically 8-10 cm (3-4 in); females are larger at 10-12 cm (4 – 5 in)
    Body Coloration Light ivory yellow to sandy brown
    Range/Distribution Presently found only in coastal Libya, Israel, and Egypt (population degrading)
    Habitat Deserts and semiarid habitats
    Diet/Food Diet of the wild specimens is unknown
    Breeding Season Spring to early summer
    Clutch Size 1-5 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on November 15th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 12th November 2018.

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