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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. Fall,Geotagged,Greece,Marginated tortoise,Testudo marginata Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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.

    comments (6)

  1. Interesting! I've never seen a turtle with a carapace like that :) Posted one year ago
    1. Oh, and a very warm welcome to JungleDragon!! Posted one year ago
  2. I agree with Christine that the carapace is really cool!

    Welcome to the site, and I cannot wait to see more from you!
    Posted one year ago
  3. hi Wim, father of Joost! How awesome for a veteran photographer like you to join, I'm curious about your archive ;)
    Please do let me know in case you have any question about the site, and by all means, enjoy it.

    Small remark: the geotag seems to be placed in the sea, which is why the country of Greece is not detected from the photo. Is this intentional? Can you have a look at it?
    Posted one year ago
  4. Dear fchristant,
    Thanks for your nice words. I will look at the geotag.
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you, and please do call me Ferdy. Posted one year ago

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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

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Wim Thissen
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Uploaded Oct 8, 2018. Captured Oct 1, 2018 10:08 in Venizelou 4, Zakinthos 291 00, Greece.
  • DSC-HX50
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO80
  • 31.5mm