Chordates • Earth.com

Greek tortoise

(Testudo graeca)

galery

Description

The spur-thighed tortoise (or Greek tortoise) (Testudo graeca) is one of the 5 species of Mediterranean tortoise (genus Testudo and Agrionemys,family Testudinidae).The other four species are the Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni),Russian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii),Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni),and marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata).The spur-thighed tortoise is a very long lived animal,achieving a lifespan of upwards of 125 years,with some unverified reports of up to 200 years.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Testudinidae
Genus:Testudo
News coming your way
The biggest news about our planet delivered to you each day