Friday, October 26, 2012

My Cousin: The Golden Greek Tortoise

“Golden Greek” Tortoise are recognized as Middle Eastern spur-thighed tortoises and do not originate in Greece. Their actual origin is usually Syria, Lebanon, Israel or Jordan or North African countries of Tunisia, Libya or Morocco.
The lighter color shell is indicative of areas that reach seasonally high temperatures where a dark shell would be an unwelcome heat sink. A very distinct peach tint to both the skin and shells in some specimens almost glows! Primarily still wild-caught, this species can harbor parasites and have other stress and environmental problems. Prone to dietary and respiratory illnesses, this is not a good beginner pet. Both male and females can grow up to 8 inches long.

Greek Tortoises are found in a variety of environments from seashore dunes to rocky mountain steps but usually in very hot, dry and arid regions with high summer temperatures. They inhabit areas of sparse vegetation where they browse on grass and plant growth.

Generally very shy, the Golden Greek Tortoises usually become more outgoing as they get used to their keeper's activities, but they will continue to look for places to hide or bury themselves. They should be housed in a dry, warm environment with low ambient humidity.

This tortoise is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


  1. I simply can't decide which is more exquisite, stunningly jaw-dropping georgeous. Which one does Obama favor?