• Common name:

    Spur-thighed tortoise
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  • IUCN category:

  • CITES:

    INT - Appendix II
    EU - Appendix A
  • Registered animals:

  • Studbook coordinators:

    Laurens Woldring
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Species Description

The spur-thighed tortoise (or Greek tortoise) (Testudo graeca) is one of the 5 species of Mediterranean tortoise (genus Testudo and Agrionemys, family Testudinidae). The other four species are the Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni), Russian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii), Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni), and marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata). The spur-thighed tortoise is a very long lived animal, achieving a lifespan of upwards of 125 years, with some unverified reports of up to 200 years.