Testudo marginata on the isle of Zakynthos (Greece) dd Oct 01, 2018
This Testudo marginata enjoys te sun after hiding in a groundhole for several days for the rain and storm on Zakynthos (Greece). On the backside of his carapace lay stil parts of soil. The outspreadding backside of his carapace is a characteristic of this species.
The marginated tortoise is a species of tortoise found in Greece, Italy and the Balkans in southern Europe. It is the largest European tortoise, reaching a weight of up to 5 kg and a length of 35 cm . Its shell is oblong and has a notable thickness around the middle of the body. The posterior end of the shell has a saw-like formation, flanged outward like a bell. The carapaces of adult specimens are almost completely black, with yellow highlights. The front sides of the limbs are covered.. more