Range – Egypt and Libya are the Egyptian tortoises range, although this species is very near extinction in the nation of Egypt. They can still be found in the coastal regions of Libya.
Habitat – Dry deserts and semi-arid landscapes comprise the natural habitat of these tortoises. They are found living in burrows of other animals and living under brush and in the safety of bushes and shrubbery
in the coastal regions of Egypt and Libya. The temperatures can range from very hot to quite cool at night given that it is a desert region. During the warm parts of the year, Egyptian tortoises seek shelter under shrubbery and/or burrow to escape the high heat. During the warmest parts of the year, they are more active at dusk and dawn.
Diet – There is very limited research about what comprises their complete natural wild diet. Grasses, succulents, and thorny brush broad leaves are a suitable diet in captivity.
Size – Males are much smaller than females, typically around 4 ½” while females can reach 6-6 1/2″.
Conservation – Egyptian tortoises are critically endangered and it is strictly forbidden to touch or manipulate them in the wild. Foreign trade is against CITES policies, but is still occurring on the black market for pet trade and medicinal purposes. This species is almost extinct in its native nation of Egypt and has a wild population of less than 2,000 adult specimens of original distinct wild bloodlines. It is critically necessary that we keep this species at our facility utilizing our conservation efforts of captive breeding in order to sustain the numbers of this species.