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please identify my tortoise
Posted: 19/05/2011 by chiquitita


I had bought my pet tortoise from a pet shop in Dubai in 2008. I am not sure what breed he is. Please help me in identifying and also how I can check if its a male or female.

Re: please identify my tortoise
Posted: 20/05/2011 by TPGDarren


It's a spur-thighed tortoise Testudo Graeca Graeca. A male tortoises has a longer tail and a more concave plastron (underside). The Female has a smaller tail and a flatter underside.
If you have photos of this area, we may be able to help


Re: please identify my tortoise
Posted: 20/05/2011 by TPGDarren

You really need to get him/her out of the vivarium/incubator type thing.


Here are some links that may help:-


Care sheets



Indoor Enclosures

Either a small rabbit/guinea pig enclosure (best to get the larger one 1.2 meters) or a commercial (or home-made) tortoise table should be used

Despite what pet shops promote, vivariums aren't suitable for tortoises. Tortoises require a warm basking area - but also cooler areas in order to thermo-regulate (cool down) and to manage their well being properly. Vivariums offer an almost one temperature, which is totally unsuitable for tortoises.

Kindest Regards



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