Spur-Thighed Tortoise - Testudo graeca
Due to the geographical differences between the subspecies, they tend to live in a plethora of habitats. Those include semi-arid scrub, grassland and brush areas. Also found around coastal dunes, marshlands, rocky, bushy hillsides, and pine woods.
North Africa, Southern Europe, Southwest Asia
There are many different subspecies of Greek Tortoise and their coloration varies dramatically. Colors can range from olive with dark spots in the middle of each scute to a golden variety that is almost all yellow in color. In all subspecies, the male is smaller than the female.
carapace length is around 8 inches
Omnivorous – leafy greens, grasses, fruits, vegetables, insects
Nesting typically occurs during May or June but has been observed between April and July. More than one clutch may be produced each season. Clutches of eggs contain 1-7 eggs with the typical clutch containing 3-4.
Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, threatened by illegal harvesting for the pet trade and habitat loss. Is in Appendix II of CITES.
- Spurs serve to help with digging and to help anchor themselves into the ground for protection.
- Can live up to 100 years.
- Tortoises are important to the desert because their burrows provide shelter for other animals.
- Sex is determined by temperature within the nest.
- Adult (13 and over)$10.50
- Child (2 - 12)$7.50
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$9.50
- Active Military$9.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30