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Spur-thighed Tortoise

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Spur-thighed Tortoise

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

The southern ends of Europe, Asia and northern Africa, lives in stony or grassy coastal areas.

BEHAVIOUR

Lead a daily lifestyle, they like sunny areas.

DIET

Grasses, herbs, shoots of shrubs.

REPRODUCTION

The mating takes place after waking up from hibernation. The female lays 4 to 7 eggs in the burrows dug under the bushes.

GOOD TO KNOW

Common Tortoise is the largest terrestrial turtle in Europe. It can reach 35 cm in length and weigh up to 6 kg. Life expectancy: average 21 years. Has characteristics spurs on the back legs.

  • Latin name: Testudo graeca
  • IUCN Red List – VU – vulnerable
  • CITES – Appendix II

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