Caspian Greek Tortoise (Young Adult Female)

Only one young adult female available, around 4" length.
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Common Name: Caspian Greek Tortoise
Scientific Name: Testudo Graeca Buxtoni
Current Size: 4"+/-
Average Adult Size: 5-6" (females larger)
Area of Origin: Northwest Iran, and surrounding areas

Description: These are our blackest of the black Greek tortoise line. They are somewhat of a high domed tortoise that is noticeably smaller than other Greek tortoises, and as with most Greek tortoises maintains a "glossy" looking shell through life. 

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 on cold spring, summer 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. These "black Greeks" likely come from a cooler area than the "golden greeks," where their darker color helps them absorb more heat from the sun.  

Diet: This tortoise is naturally a browser, eating broadleaf weeds and low leaves from bushes and shrubs. In captivity, Hermanns 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 as 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.