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What's a Spur-Thighed Tortoise?

Learn about the spur-thighed tortoise from veterinarian Alix Wilson in this Howcast video.


A spurthighed tortoise, or also commonly referred to as Greek tortoise, is native to the Mediterranean area. In their natural environment, the temperatures range quite a bit, from quite hot during the day, and cooling off at night. These are herbivorous or plant-eating tortoises. So in their natural environment they eat grasses, flowers, leafy plants.

In captivity, it's recommended that they're kept with basking temperatures upwards of 90 degrees, a daytime of around 80 degrees, and then cooling off at night to 70, or even a little bit below. These tortoises can get slightly larger than the related Russian tortoise. So again, you want to be sure you have adequate space to provide for this particular breed.

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