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EGYPTIAN TORTOISE

(TESTUDO KLEINMANNI)

VS

MARGINATED TORTOISE

(TESTUDO MARGINATA)

The tortoises of the genus Testudo often confuse us as to proper identification. Many are left puzzled when attempting to differentiate the Hermann's and Greek tortoises but two other species tend to make things easy. The Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) is a featherweight on the size spectrum while the Marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata) is a true heavyweight champion. The two are only relatively similar as babies but when grown up, they are effortlessly separated simply by glancing at them. Interestingly, despite their huge differences overall, they both share one trait that distinguishes them from all other Testudo. This is the presence of chevrons on the plastron. These are dark triangular markings running downward along the midline of the plastron. While Testudo marginata may have two rows of at least six chevrons total, Testudo kleinmanni will have only one or two rows featuring two to four chevrons, max. Below is an extremely easy to view comparison between these species. Size, markings, coloration and detail, all typical for both can be seen.

EGYPTIAN TORTOISE

(Testudo kleinmanni)

MARGINATED TORTOISE

(Testudo marginata)

EGYPTIAN TORTOISE

(Testudo kleinmanni)

MARGINATED TORTOISE

(Testudo marginata)