The Egyptian Tortoise: its natural history, its captive care, its beauty, its lore. . .
All in the Family: Testudo werneri
kleinmanni home | golden beauties | desert life | climate's role | captive needs | unique diet | Captive Habitat 1: basics | Captive Habitat 2: habitat development | Breeding | hatchling care | when something goes wrong | natural and un-natural history | All in the family | captive behaviors | tortoise links | references

In 2001, Jarmo Perala defined a new species in the Negev East of the Nile Delta. These animals had previouly been considered T. kleinmanni, but on investigation were found to have very specific traits not shared by T. kleinmanni. Rather than the classic shape carapace flared at the rear, these animals had a more linear, narrower shape over all. Also, they are missing the characteristic dark chevrons in the keratic of the plastron. Further, they are as a population slightly larger than T. kleinmanni dwelling in the Nile Delta and to the West through Northeastern Syria. Below are photos of this animal courtesy of my good friend Darrell Seneke of the World Chelonian Trust.

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The Egyptian Tortoise: its natural history, its captive care, its beauty, its lore. . .
Fred L. Erwin, Jr., 2004 - 2005 C.E.