Thursday, 1 March 2012

Smallest tortoise in the northern hemisphere.

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia
From Libya.

Kleinmann's Tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) is the smallest tortoise in the northern hemisphere. They reach a length of about 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches).

This little trooper lives in the arid heat of deserts and other dry areas. They were once found in Egypt but habitat destruction has just about wiped them out there.

I hope this critically endangered little tortoise makes it, they make the desert just that little bit more friendly!

More on Kleinmann's Tortoise.

8 comments:

  1. Awww How adorable. I hope he makes it :D

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  2. That is pretty small. I didn't think one this small would have a shell so similar in intricate shape as the big ones.

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    1. Yeh, it has the same high-domed shape and all the swirls on the scutes. Just miniature!

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  3. Basically I'm afraid of Tortoise.. gorgeous.

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  4. So wonderful Tortoise but they are lost. Nice photograph. Thank you. Red Maple Tree

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