Marginated Tortoise for sale (Testudo Marginata)
The marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata) is a beautiful species of tortoise that occurs primarily in the southern parts of Greece and Italy, with a few isolated populations on islands in those areas. Marginated tortoises are easy to care for, and can make lifelong companions for tortoise keepers who enjoy the Testudo family of tortoises. The range of the Marginated tortoise overlaps with the range of the Hermann’s tortoise (T. hermanni) in some areas, but wild specimens of the two are not known to cross breed to any major extent (unlike in captivity, where marginated tortoises have been known to inter-breed with various otherTestudo tortoise species, including Hermann’s Tortoise, Russian Tortoise [T. horsfieldii] and Greek Tortoise [T. graeca] tortoises).
- Adult Size: 8 to 12 lbs.
- Range: Greece, Southern Balkan Peninsula.
- Habitat: Hills and mountain areas.
- Lifespan: 30+ years
- Care Level: beginner
The marginated tortoise is a unique looking tortoise because of its extremely flared marginal scutes from which it gets its name. The males’ marginal scutes are usually much more flared than on the female.
We have some wonderful captive bred Marginated tortoises for sale. We are proud to say that do not sell any wild-caught animals 🙂 Marginated tortoises are very cold tolerant and should be maintained at a temperature range of 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit at the basking site. If temperatures fall below this they will be inclined to hibernate which they do in the wild when the seasons dictate it.
These tortoises are opportunistic feeders in that they will take the usual dark leafy greens, weeds and some grasses. They are not known to be very active grazers. Marginateds are also known to consume insects, snails and carrion. In captivity, they can be fed dark leafy greens, fibrous fruits such as pears and apples in addition to various berries. The main idea is to feed as varied as possible. As with all tortoise species, clean fresh water in a water dish should be provided at all times.