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Mediterranean Spur-thighed Tortoise

Testudo graeca subsp. ibera


A female mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca). T. graeca is one of five species of Mediterranean tortoise (genus Testudo, family Testudinidae). It is a threatened species considered vulnerable to extinction according the IUCN Red List. Some of the main charateristics in ordet to distinguish it from Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) are: Notable spurs on each thigh, undivided carapace over the tail (see photo 4) and large scales on the front legs (see photos 1-3).


Spotted on a forest road in Seih-Sou, the suburban forest of Thessaloniki (Greece).


Greek common name: Ελληνική χελώνα (Greek Tortoise). Common names are quite confusing: Testudo hermanni is "Greek Tortoise" in EOL and Testudo graeca ibera is "Asia Minor Tortoise" in EOL while Testudo graeca is "Greek Tortoise" in Wikipedia.

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AshleyT 5 years ago

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KostasZontanos 5 years ago

Thank you Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Nice pictures and notes. And congratulations! This is the first of this sub-species on Project Noah!

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Μακεδονίας - Θράκης, Greece

Spotted on Apr 17, 2016
Submitted on Apr 19, 2016

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