Spur Thighed Tortoise

This tortoise is often confused with the Hermann's, however there are very subtle differences when comparing the two.

They follow the same breeding pattern as the Hermann's. One successful mating will allow the female to lay eggs multiple times. One or two days before egg-laying, the female takes on an aggressive, dominant behaviour, mounting another animal as for copulation and making the same squeaking sound the male produces during copulation. The purpose of this behaviour is to produce respect in the tortoise community, so that the female will not be disturbed by others during egg laying.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Almost entirely herbivorous - clover, dandelions, strawberries, and numerous other plants and herbs. To supplement this plant-based diet, eats smaller amounts of earthworms, snails, slugs and insects.
Life Span:
50 years+ captivity
North Africa, southern Europe, and southwest Asia.
Did you know?
A group of tortoises is called a creep.

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