Syrian Tortoise

Testudo graeca terrestris

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Also known as the Spur-thighed Tortoise, being the smallest of the subspecies, are accordingly named due to the small thigh spurs on the hind legs, and are recognised by their highly-domed shell.

Home: Jordon, Syria and Turkey.

Diet: Mainly herbivorous; plant matter, but occasionally invertebrates.

Lifestyle: Terrestrial, residing amongst dry, open grasslands and arid hillsides.

Young: 2-3 eggs are laid per clutch.

Lifespan: 80 years.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable.

Syrian Tortoise