Golden Greek Tortoise
Golden Greek Tortoise Availability
Golden Greek tortoises are the rarest as far as being able to find available and purchase. Baby Golden Greek tortoises for sale can also be the most expensive of all the greek tortoises. Depending on the subspecies of tortoise, most Greek tortoises are available from time to time. Forms such as the Ibera Greek tortoise for sale, and now the Golden Greek tortoise have produced well under captive conditions. Greek tortoise hatchlings for sale can be found here at tortoise town for most of the year. Locating Ibera Greek tortoises is normally easier than finding the rare Golden Greek tortoise for sale.
Greek tortoise Keepers are strongly advised to refrain from buying captive bred Greek tortoises ONLY. Captive bred Greek tortoises are typically offered for sale in spring and late summer. As always, buy captive bred over wild caught as care is much easier and healthy tortoises are key.
Greek Tortoise Size
Golden Greeks are the smaller of the Greek tortoise family. Females reaching sizes of 8-9″ with males 4-5″ on average. Depending on the subspecies, Greek tortoises will grow to between 5 and 8 inches. Some examples of T. g. ibera may attain 10 or 11 inches, but this is rare. Male Greek tortoises are usually smaller than females, but again, there are exceptions.
At hatching, most Greek tortoises are no more than an inch in length. They can grow rapidly when overfed and reports of them reaching 4 inches in less than two years is common, but not recommended.
Greek Tortoise Life Span
Testudo graeca subspecies are known to be some of the longest-lived of the greek tortoises for sale. Reports suggest well into the 100s. In the wild, many do not live past the age of 20 due to predation and other factors. When kept safe and under optimum conditions, Greek tortoises, when housed correctly, can thrive and can live to old age. Some Greeks have even outlived their keepers.
Golden Greek Tortoise Habitat
Housing Golden Greek tortoises outdoors in a naturalistic pen is always best. During the warmer part of the year, they can be kept in spacious enclosures that are well planted with edible vegetation and receive plenty of time in natural, full sun. When under 24 months of age, we recommend keeping in a closed container with high humidity and lower air movement. Baby Golden Greeks can get dehydrated quickly, so keeping it humid is a big deal.
For juveniles and adults kept Indoors, the construction of a “tortoise table” will fit your Greek tortoises prefectly. A 3-by-6-foot unit made of plywood will suffice for a single adult and up a group of 1 male nad 3 females. Using Wood is always recommended over plastic or glass so that the tortoises cannot see through their enclosure’s walls. It is important that the tortoise cannot see thru the habitat wall, so as not to stress them.