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Marginated Tortoise

The largest of all European tortoises, Marginated tortoises are common throughout the Mount Olympus to Peloponnese. Their morning activity includes basking in the sun in order to adjust their body temperature before they indulge in searching for food.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Testudo
    Scientific name Testudo marginata

    Size 14 inches (36 cm)
    Weight 176 oz ( 5 kg)
    Color Carapace is black with yellow highlights, light-colored ventral shell has triangular markings
    Subspecies ┬ĚTestudo marginata marginata
    ┬ĚTestudo marginata sarda
    Distribution Mostly in the southern Greece, Balkan Peninsula, northeastern Sardinia, and Italy
    Habitat Arid mountainous areas
    Diet Plants and fruits
    Hibernation period Throughout the winter
    Predators Mostly cats, juveniles are susceptible to frog and rat attacks
    Breeding season May-June
    Mode of reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch size 15 eggs
    Incubation period 100 days
    Average lifespan 100 years in the wild
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on December 1st 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.

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