Mainly the semi-desert habitats of Araks Valley. Also Ijevan, Noyemberyan, and Shamshadin regions. Photo map belongs to Lonely Planet.
9.5-10" (24 to 26 cm) in size.
High in fiber, rich in calcium, and low in protein. Weeds, broadleaf greens, flowers, optunia cactus and optunia fruit. Organic store-bought greens and Mazuri on occasion. No fruit - too high in sugars.
A flattened carapace, dark brown and yellow-cream in color, with a height equal to half the length of the carapace. They can appear similar to the Russian Tortoise (Testudo horsfieldii).
Dry steppes and grassy slopes of hills or mountains with bushes, forests, meadows, and fields. It avoids the saline soils and areas with thick vegetation.