Greek Tortoise

Theme area:  Amazonía
Scientific name:  Testudo graeca
Class:  Reptiles
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Savanna
Diet:  Herbivorous
Weight:  600 - 900 gr
Size:  13 - 18 cm
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Although it is a protected species and the capture and possession of wild specimens is absolutely prohibited, the Greek Tortoise is still a very popular pet. Its main threats come from the destruction and fragmentation of its habitat and poaching. The Selwo Marina tortoises are on loan from the Andalusian Regional Government's Environment Department to raise awareness of the need to protect this species, as they are specimens that have been in captivity and cannot be returned to their natural environment due to the danger they would pose to the wild population.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The reintroduction of specimens into the wild poses a major threat, as they can transmit new diseases to wild populations.
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