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Testudo graeca ibera (Asia Minor)

Northern Turkey

Adult Size

Males can grow up to 7-9" (18 to 23 cm) in size, and weigh around 1,600 grams.


Females can grow up to 10-13" (25 to 33 cm) in size, and weigh at least 1,800 grams.

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

Humidity can be kept around 80% for this subspecies.

Description

The scutes have black blotches on a yellow base, and often the head and limbs are yellow.

Brumation

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

Environment

This subspecies is extremely cold tolerant.

Ankara Turkey

Adult Size

These particular Ibera are among the biggest of all the Testudo graeca. Both genders reach 9-10" (23 to 25 cm) in size, and some females can grow over 11" (28 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

Humidity can be kept around 80% for this subspecies.

Description

Brumation

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

Environment

This subspecies is extremely cold tolerant.

East Anatolian

Adult Size

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.


When this subspecies reaches the age of 4, it is necessary to integrate proteins to the diet. Avoid meat, pasta and cheese.

Humidity

Humidity can be kept around 80% for this subspecies.

Description

A rather flattened carapace with different colors such as black, brown and yellow.

Brumation

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

Environment

This giant subspecies comes from Eastern Anatolia, a region of Turkey where temperatures can drop to -30 degrees in winter and exceed 40 degrees in summer.

Dalaman Coast

Adult Size

Diet

Humidity

Description

Brumation

Environment

Southern Turkey (formerly antakyensis)

Adult Size

Males grow approximately 6-7" (15 to 18 cm).


Females are roughly 8-9" (20 to 23 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 beautiful yellow coloration all over with noticeably yellow heads.

Brumation

Yes, this subspecies will  during cooler, winter months.

Environment

Testudo graeca ibera (Asia Minor) Care Sheet

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