Comparison Sheet

Charting out all differences and experience levels needed for each species of Tortoise available.

 

Scientific Name

 

 

Size

 

Level of Difficulty

 

 

Behavior

 

 

 

Located

 

 

Eating Habits

 

 

 

Physical Attributes

 

 

Greek's

Testudo G.

Ibera

 

<10"

 

Beginner

 

 

Very hardy.

 

 

 

Serbia to Iran

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

Oval in body shape, sometimes sporting a large flare at the end of their shells. They can be extremely yellow or rusty orange in base color with deep brown markings over their shells.

Goldens Greeks's

Testudo G.

Terrestris

 

<7"

 

Intermediate

 

 

Delicate but outgoing.

 

 

Syria

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

We Are selectively breeding for two varriants of Golden Greek. Peach phase and Banana phase. Higher grades have no dark coloration on them what-so-ever, hypomalanistic if you will.

Russians's

Testudo

Horsfieldii

 

<8"

 

Beginner

 

 

Very outgoing and hardy.

 

 

Western Asia

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

Round tortoises in shades of yellow tan to peach tan. Sometimes they will have dark brown splotches on their shell.

 Leopard's

Stigmochelys

Pardalis

 

<15"

 

Beginner

 

 

Even tempered and aloof.

 

 

East Africa

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

Very high contrast of either white or egg white with black hashes or rings across their shells. Pyramiding is not a healthy characteristic of this species.

Star's

Geochelone

Elegans

 

<7"

 

Intermediate

 

 

Can be extremely shy and introverted

 

 

India and Pakistan

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

Very high contrast and small, Stars are black and white with a star burst pattern on each of their scutes.

 

 

Hermann's

Testudo

Hermanni

 

<7"

 

Beginner

 

 

Even tempered and outgoing.

 

 

Eastern Europe

 

 

Herbivore

 

 

Very high contrasting mustard yellow and black hash marks across their oval shells. Usually sporting yellow faces.

Arid & Grassland Tortoises

Tropical Tortoises

 

Scientific Name

 

 

Size

 

Level of Difficulty

 

 

Behavior

 

 

 

Located

 

 

Eating Habits

 

 

 

Physical Attributes

 

 

Cherry Head's

Chelonoidis carbonaria

 

<10"

 

Intermediate

 

 

 

Very hardy.

 

 

 

Brazil

 

 

Omnivorous

 

 

Oval in body shape. Usually black shell with radiating white pattern. Bright red or orange face scales, and arm and leg scales.

Elongated's

Indotestudo elongate

 

<14"

 

Intermediate

 

 

 

Delicate but outgoing. Very active at dusk

 

Southern China to Vietnam

Omnivorous

 

 

Paleyellow skin with a pale yellow shell. Sometimes the shell may have dark hashing on it depending on locality of the Elongated.

Emy's

Manouria emys

 

<24"

 

Intermediate

 

 

 

Very outgoing and hardy.

 

 

Malaysia, Sumatra, Brneo

Herbivore

 

 

Called the brown mountain tortoises for the dark brown, almost black shell.

Red Foot's

Chelonoidis carbonaria

 

<15"

 

Beginner

 

 

 

Even tempered and outgoing.

 

Guyana

 

 

Omnivorous

 

 

Black to brown shell coloration with little to no radiation. face, neck, arm and leg scales can be yellow, white, orange or pink.

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