There are two tortoise species in Bulgaria – the Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermani) and the Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca). Their names are due to specific external features for each species: 1.
What country are tortoises native to?
Tortoises are found from southern North America to southern South America, around the Mediterranean basin, across Eurasia to Southeast Asia, in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and some Pacific islands. They are absent from Australasia.
Are there turtles in Bulgaria?
There are two tortoise species in Bulgaria that have been critically reduced and are currently listed in the IUCN red list. This are the Testudo graeca, rated as vulnerable, and the Testudo hermanni rated as nearly threatened (IUCN – 2004).
Do tortoises live in Europe?
Hermann’s tortoise lives in southern Europe, from north-eastern Spain, to southern France, southern and western Italy, Romania and Turkey.
Are tortoises native to Spain?
ABSTRACT: Two species of tortoises occur in Spain, the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) and Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni). Although both species have received legal protection for over 20 years, their numbers continue to decline.
Are tortoises prehistoric?
The Chelonians, the group of reptiles that includes tortoises, turtles and terrapins are very ancient, with origins dating back to the Permian geological period.
Does Bulgaria have snakes?
bulgarian snakes are not dangerous for people , they are shy and run away when they notice a person.
Are there scorpions in Bulgaria?
Scorpions in Bulgaria can be spotted most often under stones, under the bark of trees or fences, in basements or ceilings. It is important to know that scorpions in Bulgaria are not poisonous and do not attack the human being.
Are there any venomous snakes in Bulgaria?
There are 17 species of snakes in Bulgaria, 4 of which are poisonous, Georgi Krastev, a zoologist at the Sofia Zoo, told Focus Radio. Of these 4 species, 2 are dangerous to people – the horned viper and the common viper, but they bite only when really provoked, he explained.
Are tortoises native to Croatia?
The most important thing you should know about Hermanni tortoises is that they are protected species in Croatia. These tortoises are a frequent inhabitant of gardens in the Dalmatian region.
Are tortoises native to Mallorca?
Wild tortoises are found only in the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca, where they were introduced by us, it is not known when. Genetic studies have been made that determine two different origins of the Menorcan tortoise. One origin is very old, of some thousands of years, coming from Sicily or Sardinia.
Are horsefield tortoises Mediterranean?
Although very closely related to the Mediterranean species, Horsfield tortoises are actually a very different tortoise. They inhabit dry hillside slopes in some montane regions and are even found in areas what we generally consider to be inhospitable places, near deserts!
Are tortoises illegal in Spain?
Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain to own a pet common or spur-thighed tortoise, despite the adoption of these animals traditionally being popular, particularly in Almería and the Region of Murcia.
Do Tortoises hibernate Spain?
Mediterranean tortoises are native to arid regions in Mediterranean Europe, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. Most Testudo species are primarily herbivorous and they practice brumation (or hibernation) in the wild.
Can I take my tortoise to Spain?
You have to persist with DEFRA, as they provide any certs needed to take your tortoise to Spain. You need to phone them.