Southern Moroccan

Adult Size

Similar to the Asia Minor and marokkensis.

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

Very little humidity. Must be kept in a warm, dry habitat.

Description

Coloration is lighter overall, with sand to yellow coloring on the carapace. There is little to no black pigment. Skin is pink or orange to blend in with the soils of their natural home.


This subspecies lacks the "thigh spurs" that the Testudo graeca are well-known for.

Brumation

This subspecies does not brumate and must be kept warm.

Environment

Dry-dwelling. Can tolerate cool temperatures if kept dry.