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 can be lighter overall, with sand to yellow coloring on the carapace. They can also look very similar to their marokkensis neighbors in the northern region of Morocco. In the United States, this subspecies is pending genetic investigation to confirm clarity.


This subspecies can lack the "thigh spurs" that the Testudo graeca are well-known for. Some will have thigh spurs while others will not. 

Brumation

This subspecies does not brumate and must be kept warm and dry during colder months.

Environment

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