A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
Testudo graeca subsp. ibera
Testudo 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 order to distinguish it from Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) are: Notable spurs on each thigh (see photo 3), undivided carapace over the tail (see photo 2) and large scales on the front legs (see photo 1).
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.
Spotted on Sep 15, 2016
Submitted on Sep 16, 2016