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.


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

  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.

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

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

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


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