Greek tortoise

Testudo
graeca

Greek tortoise
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The Greek tortoise (scient. Testudo graeca) or spur-thighed tortoise is a species of land turtle, which has been introduced to the island of Crete by humans and has survived with remarkable ease. It is found near the wetlands of the island and in shady humid forests.

The shell has a variety of colors and reaches a length of 30cm, with the females being larger than males. They are omnivorous and feed mainly on plants and invertebrates. Females lay 1-12 eggs in holes they dig in soft soil, which hatch after about 2.5 months. They can live over 50 years, with 115 years being the maximum reported age.

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