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Marginated Tortoise

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Marginated Tortoise

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Europe: Greece, Albania; introduced in Sardinia and Crete. He lives in dry and sunny, shrub-covered slopes of the hills, groves olive trees, small agricultural areas. Most often it occurs below 800 m above sea level.

BEHAVIOUR

Active during the day, especially in the morning and early evening. He stays on hot days in the shade. Life expectancy: average 21 years. It is the largest terrestrial turtle in Europe. It can reach 35 cm in length and weigh up to 6 kg.

DIET

Grasses, herbs, shoots of shrubs. The digestive tract is well adapted to digesting high-fiber, low-protein plants.

REPRODUCTION

Sexual maturity is reached at the age of 8 to 14 years. The mating takes place in March after waking up from hibernation. The female lays 4 to 7 eggs in the burrows dug under the bushes, sometimes three times a season.

GOOD TO KNOW

Threats to the species: fires in the natural environment, elimination of natural habitats through the development of tourist infrastructure.

  • Latin name : Testudo marginata
  • IUCN Red List – LC – Least Concern

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