Even though acquiring the Greek Tortoise can actually be legal in a certain amount of countries which it’s native to, you’re still going to need registration to get yours. The name indicates that it comes from Greece only but this tortoise can actually be found throughout most of the southeastern European region including Ukraine and even as far out as France and Egypt.
In most cases the color is fairly distinguishable as its brown and the turtle is not that large at a maximum size of around 30 cm. You’ll find that even though the color on it can’t exactly be described as overly bright, it’s still appealing to the eye.
One of the main reasons why so many people prefer to pet this turtle over other ones is that it doesn’t take a lot of maintenance and is generally “user” friendly.
For instance, it tends to eat green leafy vegetables and these are within easy reach for most people. Your turtle might even prefer to eat carrots and the only downside is that when it grows larger you might have to switch up its diet plan and at least put it in a decent yard where there are weeds it can eat past a certain point of growth.
If you don’t have any experience working with turtles in the past, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you proceed and acquire a Greek Tortoise. First off, most of them are caught in the wild hence they’re a lot more prone to the everyday stress situations of their environment and they can easily carry parasites.
Most of them will also encounter metabolic or breathing issues and need protection because they’re shy so you should reconsider if this is your first pet. These turtles will tend to hide in a shell and remain that way as well.
Another thing you should keep in mind that the Greek Tortoise is only going to eat plants/weeds which is why this type of environment is very much preferable and if you want to provide them those optimal living conditions.
It’s going to require a decent amount of maintenance meaning that a turtle of this kind could use a bath up to a few times weekly.
They can be quick to poop because they’re unaware and in order for you not to get caught off guard by that, make sure you have enough paper towels within reach and then wash your hands quickly to avoid contracting any potential diseases.