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Greek Spur Thighed Tortoise basic information

There are five different subspecies of the Greek Spur Thighed Tortoise. Females are slightly larger than males, with an average size of about 8 inches (20 cm). Males average around 7 inches (18 cm). The largest female known grew to 11.4 inches (29 cm). Greek Spur Thighed Tortoises have a central areola and anterior banding. Tortoises living at higher elevations often are missing these characteristics and may be entirely black. It is believed that the darker coloration serves to absorb heat in cooler weather. This hypothesis is supported by the fact that tortoises in lower elevations are often bright yellow, which would reflect the heat. The name "Spur-thighed Tortoise" comes from the two tubercles, or "spurs," found on the thighs.

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