Baby (Northern Ibera) Greek Tortoise

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  1. Beautiful Baby Greek Iberas

    Posted by Jennifer on 21st Sep 2011

    These little torts are so beautiful. I received them back in August. They were hatched in June so they are about 3 mths old now. They are adapting well to their new home. Moving around more and their appetite is great as usual. Tortoise Supply is a great place and I recommend them 100%. Thank you.

  2. Gorgeous tortoise, already hungrily munching away!

    Posted by Stefanie S. on 30th Jun 2011

    What a beautiful tortoise! We are so happy with the service from Tortoise Supply and the health of our new family member! She is in perfect condition and obviously has been well cared for. We are very pleased!

  3. Beautiful, healthy tortoise!

    Posted by Jessica Bailey on 19th May 2011

    So happy with my purchase from Tortoise Supply... everything went smoothly and I love my new baby greek! Highly recommend this website, I could easily see myself getting another tort from here someday.

  4. adorable!

    Posted by Cayla on 8th Apr 2011

    Great place to order from! Arrived and is already munching down on greens. Very happy!

  5. Very very very happy with my tortoises!

    Posted by Bryan on 10th Jan 2011

    These folks are awesome! They answered all of my questions before my purchase, then sent it quickly and securely. They were friendly and professional. I am very glad I decided to buy my tortoises from them. I did a lot of research and really scrutinizes all of the sellers/breeders that I found online.

    I bought 2 baby greeks. They arrived as planned. My wife took them out of their box and they began to warm up to her right away. One of them started doing laps in his box on the table. We named him "Derby". They began eating right away and have been eating like little pigs ever since.

    Thanks again

  6. Very good captive bread tortoises!

    Posted by Seena M. on 13th Oct 2010

    this is the second ibera baby greek tortoise i bought from tortoisesupply, and i am amazed! there so beautiful and if i have any questions i just ask them. They are the best!

  7. BEST TORTOISES AND BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    Posted by Unknown on 10th Sep 2010

    i bought a [ibera] baby tortoise from them couple days ago and got it yesterday! its so cute!! im in love with it! and i had so many questions i atleast emailed them and called them like 500 times, each time they gave me a answer and said if you have more we will gladly answer! ill tell everyone about this website! thanks!

  8. Greek Tortoises are GREAT!

    Posted by Kerry Parsons on 14th Jul 2010

    You can't beat a Greek Tortoise. They're lively, fun, full of personality, and easy to care for **if you care for them right** (the care sheet here at Tortoise Supply is spot on!). They have beautiful, black, bright eyes, and a domed carapace that gives them that perfect, traditional tortoise look. You meet the needs of this wonderful creature, and you'll have yourself a great chelonian friend for a good, long time.

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Description

Common Name: Greek Tortoise
Scientific Name: Testudo Graeca Ibera
Current Size: 2"+/-
Average Adult Size: 6-9" (females larger)
Area of Origin: Mainly Turkey, and surrounding areas

Description: Light greenish brown color with brown to black bands around each scute of the shell. They are somewhat of a high domed tortoise, and most Greek tortoises maintain a "glossy" looking shell through life. As babies, these Greek tortoises look very similar to baby Hermanns tortoises, but with generally lighter colored heads than baby Hermanns have. 

Habitat: Mediterranean tortoises, these animals live in scrubland and Mediterranean forests where they come and go from their burrows in order to maintain the ideal temperatures. They hibernate naturally, and will hibernate in captivity if proper conditions are given. As adults, they can safely handle body temperatures as low as 35 degrees during hibernation, and in cold spring or fall months, they will retreat underground to maintain some warmth. Summer highs up to 110 degrees can be tolerated as long as there is a cooler, underground retreat the tortoise can get into. In hot climates, they will spend much of the summer days in burrows or simply buried under an inch or two of earth. 

Diet: This tortoise is naturally a browser, eating broadleaf weeds and low leaves from bushes and shrubs. In captivity, Greek tortoises will graze on leafy weeds, dandelion, clover, and most other leafy greens provided to them. As babies, we focus more on feeding them a wide mix of leafy greens (spring mix). Vegetables can be added to the diet for variety, but fruit should generally be avoided or given as no more than 5-10% of the diet. 

Adult Behavior: Adult Greek tortoises are active, busy tortoises when the temperatures are in their ideal ranges (60-90 degrees). They are un-aggressive towards eachother in most cases, and can be kept in small groups. The mating habits can create some problems and they sometimes will ram at each other to establish dominance through the ranks. Most will eagerly come to their keepers looking for food once they are comfortable in their environments. They can be good climbers and will make attempts to escape, so perimeter fences should be buried at least 6-12" underground, and sidewalls 12-16" above ground will normally contain them. 

Our Current Care:  During cooler weather or indoors, these tortoises are kept indoors on a cypress and/or coco coir substrate with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. We raise them in cheap, simple plastic tubs that can be purchased at WalMart or Target, generally 3 to 4 square feet in size for babies. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 75 at night up to 85 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80-85 at night with a heat pad beind it, or a red bulb placed overhead.

Diet consists of spring mix greens with many other leafy greens offered in rotation to that (mulberry, endive, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves, diced cactus pad and we use globe mallow leaves pretty regularly). We like to also add moistened Mazuri LS tortoise diet as well as ZooMed's Gourmet Tortoise Food a few times a week, usually mixed and mashed into the leafy greens. The addition of the commercial diets take care of most or all of the supplementation needs, or you can sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week and a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times a week. We also throw a pinch of our herbal hay on top of whatever they are eating almost daily, which adds variety and flavor and scent to everything.

The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water daily or almost daily for 30 minutes each time. We don't generally use water dishes in the enclosures because of the risk of drowning (yes, we have lost babies to drowning when they flipped over in 1/4" of water).

Being a desert species, they should have intense lighting, and they need lights on during the day and off at night to maintain a normal day/night cycle. We use full spectrum UVB lights, which we suggest for the growth of pretty, healthy tortoises, and use a ZooMed Powersun bulb in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 95-100 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.

We don't use the "closed chamber" method (keeping airflow very restricted to increase humidity to the point that clouds form in the enclosure). It is very risky if/when temperatures get below about 80, and mold, shell rot, and respiratory problems become a lot more common in those conditions. We keep them open top in the warm area, and enclosed, warm and humid within the hide (like they would be in the wild). They are free to choose the conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels they want within that setup.