“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.
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.