Tortoise Glossary Terms

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A small scute at the front of the carapace, above the neck.


Paired openings of the nasal cavity.


Dead skin or tissue, often the result of infection.

Necrotic stomatitis:    

Infection of the mouth.

Negev tortoise: 

Testudo werneri.


Nematodes are the most numerous multicellular animals on earth.  In tortoises nematode parasites are usually pinworm and roundworm.


A hollowed out structure that tortoises dig to lay their eggs.

Neurological Illness:   

A loss of normal functioning of the central nervous system (CNS).  In the tortoise can be as a result of the tortoise being exposed to temperatures of 0C and below.  Symptoms include the head tilts and circling movements when walking.


Active at night.

North African greek tortoise: 

Testudo graeca graeca.


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