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Spur-Thighed Tortoise

Spur-thighed tortoise is a species of Mediterranean tortoise occurring in North Africa, southern Europe, and southwest Asia. At present, there are twenty subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Testudo
    Scientific Name Testudo graeca

    Other Names Greek tortoise
    Up to 28cm (11in)
    Weight Around 2.5kg (5.5lb)
    Color Yellow or tan with black or dark-brown specks to complete gray or black upper surface; lower surface ranges from yellow to greenish-yellow, brown, or grey, with some black or dark-brown  markings; neck, limbs, and tail are yellowish brown to gray while the head is yellow to brown to black or gray with or without dark spots
    Distribution North Africa, southern Europe, and southwest Asia
    Habitat Semi-arid scrub, grassland and brush areas in the Atlas Mountains at an elevation of about 1,900 m above sea level, coastal dunes, marshland borders, rocky, brushy hillsides, pine woods, plateaus and mountains at a height of 2,700 m above sea level, most often occurring on dry open steppes, wastelands, barren hillsides
    Diet Herbivorous
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Breeding Season Early spring and autumn
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period 8 to 11 weeks in captivity
    Average Lifespan More than 125 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on February 12th 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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