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Species page for: Russian Tortoise (Testudo horsfieldi)


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A brief snippet about Russian Tortoises

A brief introduction to the species will be inserted here ..... coming soon! In the interim we have a number of links on the species, listed on this page.


Captive Care
Russian Tortoises Russian Tortoise Care Sheet and Information -

Common Name: Russian Tortoise Latin name: Testudo horsfieldii Native to: Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, and Western China Size: 8 - 10 inches Life span: Estimated to 100 years if proper care is given General appearance: The Russian tortoise has highly developed claws with four toes per foot, which are used for digging. The carapace is rounded and has a stocky appearance. The shell is greenish to olive-brown in color with diffuse patches of dark brown or black color. There is no movable hinge on the plastron.


Russian Tortoise Caresheet (Testudo horsfieldi) - RID

Common names Afghan Tortoise, Steppe Tortoise, Central Asian Tortoise, Four toed Tortoise and Horsfields tortoise. Introduction The multiple names of this tortoise cause a great deal of confusion when attempting to obtain information regarding proper care and husbandry. The Russian tortoise is the easternmost of the tortoise family that are known as the Mediterranean tortoises.

Russians in the UK - Tortoise House

I have only been keeping Russian tortoises for approximately 7 years but have found them to be one of the most fun and rewarding species to care for. They are full of character, personality and mischief! I have made some notes on how I care for mine which has worked well and resulted in happy, healthy, thriving tortoises. I will cover indoor & outdoor accommodation, diet and basic health care, breeding and ideas that have worked for my Russians living in the South East of England.

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Empire of the Turtle -FL

Over 40 species of captive bred turtles and tortoises. All produced by the Empire of the Turtle.

More Info.

This site is dedicated to the wonderful Russian tortoise, Agrionemys horsfieldii. It was originally classed as a Testudo sp. but recently was given its own genus Agrionemys (Anajeva et al. 1998). They are known by many names...... Russian tortoise, Steppe tortoise, Afghanistan tortoise, Four-toed tortoise and even Russian box turtle.


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