EGYPTIAN TORTOISE (Testudo kleinmanni)

EGYPTIAN TORTOISE (Testudo kleinmanni)
EGYPTIAN TORTOISE (Testudo kleinmanni)
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Description: Having first appeared around 200 million years ago, turtles and tortoises are among the oldest living reptiles on the planet. They all have a shell, four limbs and a horny, toothless beak. The Egyptian tortoise lives in the fairly arid, low humidity coastal desert regions of the Middle East. It is rare throughout its range and thought to be nearly extinct in Egypt.

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IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Major Threats: Habitat loss and illegal pet trade

Habitat: Coastal scrub forest, desert and semi-desert

Location: Southeast Mediterranean Basin, from Libya to Israel

Diet: Rough grasses, desert plants and fruit