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Kleinman's Tortoise: Testudo kleinmanni
Category: Rare & Exotic
Experience Level: Intermediate Tortoise [?]
Care Sheet: Juvenile Tortoises
Once a very common tortoise, Kleinmann's tortoises are now one of the hardest to find anywhere. Found only on the Nile Delta and the Sinai Desert of Egypt, Klienmann's tortoises, inhabit sandy/gravely deserts and dry woodlands. Often digging below ground to avoid the intense heat. It's long, golden/ yellow legs enable it to walk very high off the ground, and minimize contact with the very hot dessert ground. Egyptian Tortoises (as they are also known) are an omnivorous species, favoring greens, veggies and even some fruit - but also taking insects and other sources of protein occasionally. Kleinman's Tortoises are a desert species and should never have a water bowl. Constant access to greens and short, shallow soakings (3 times a week for hatchlings, twice a week for yearlings and two year olds, and once each week for adults) is their source of hydration. With adults reaching only 4 - 5 inches this is one of the world's smallest tortoises.
Now considered to be the rarest of all the testudo species, Klienmann's Tortoises have been granted the highest CITIES protection of Appendix 1 due to extensive habitat destruction and over collection. Researchers working with this species have designated it to be on the fast track for extinction - calling for urgent measures to be taken to save it.
Here in the US, only a small hand full of breeders have been successful hatching out this tiny tortoise that normally only lays one egg at a time... It's pretty golden yellow coloring and friendly out going demeanor make it a pleasure to keep - and it's seriously threatened status in nature makes it an important species for dedicated tortoise keepers to work with.
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