Moorish Spur-Thigh

Adult Size

Males are generally 4.5-6" (11 to 15 cm).


Females grow to about 6-7.5" (15 to 19 cm).

Diet

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.

As many freshly picked wild foods as possible. Use quality calcium w/multi-vitamin supplement 

Humidity

Very little humidity. Requires drier conditions.

Description

The carapace is often an orangish to tan base color with a series of irregular black markings on each scute.


More brightly colored variations have been found in Spain and Sardinia.

Brumation

Not in the southern areas, they are active throughout warm winter periods and estivate through the hot summers.


In the northern areas, they do brumate.

Environment

Hot, dry desert. This subspecies is very sensitive. It can tolerate cooler conditions if the environment is kept dry.

Algerian Greek Tortoise

Adult Size

Similar in size to the Asia Minor subspecies.


Males usually reach 7-9" (18 to 23 cm).


Females can grow up to 10-13" (25 to 33 cm).

Diet

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.

Humidity

Description

Brumation

Yes, this subspecies will brumate during cooler, winter months.

Environment

Sardinian

Adult Size

Males do not exceed 6" (15 cm).


Females grow to around 7" (18 cm).

Diet

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.

Humidity

Description

They have a background color of the carapace tending to yellow-sand contrasted by various black spots diffused in an uneven manner on the plate.

Brumation

It does not, but faces a period of inactivity in the coldest periods from the end of December to the end of February.

Environment

It naturally lives in coastal environments with sandy soil in the middle of dense garigue and Mediterranean scrub.