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Golden Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca terrestris) hatchling

Golden Greek baby. This one's a Mesopotamian tortoise (Testudo graeca terrestris). Only a few hours old.

Greek tortoises

The Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca) is also known as the Mediterranean Spur-thighed tortoise or Moorish tortoise.

The Testudo graeca subspecies list varies depending on the source and publication date. Below is the 2008 listing from the IUCN / SCC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. For the current classification, go here [offsite link].

Confusing names

The Greek tortoise aka Mediterranean Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) should not to be confused with the African Spurred tortoise (Centrochelys [Geochelone] sulcata). Sulcatas are one of the largest tortoise species. Adults can weigh over 150 lb!

In the U.S., the name Greek tortoise refers only to the Testudo graeca. However, in Europe the Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) can also be called a Greek tortoise (e.g. Griechische Landschildkröte in German). Greece is part of Hermann's tortoise's native range.

Quick facts

Middle eastern Greek tortoises

Captive bred Mesopotamian Greek tortoises.


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