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I'm looking for an ID on this tortoise...
 

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Its a beauty for sure. Gary I think would know GBtortoises. Have you sent him a PM Ed?
 

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Hi Ed:

I hope this isn't just a passing visit. I'd love to see you more on the Forum.

I'm not good at I.D.ing the Mediterranean species of tortoise, so I'm just guessing because of the flared marginals...Marginated????????
 

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If I can get some stimulating conversation going...

Many say it is Marginated... I see marginated in it but I don't think it is pure.

emysemys said:
Hi Ed:

I hope this isn't just a passing visit. I'd love to see you more on the Forum.

I'm not good at I.D.ing the Mediterranean species of tortoise, so I'm just guessing because of the flared marginals...Marginated????????
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I know he's about but I wanted to throw it out there so all the experts would have a chance.

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Its a beauty for sure. Gary I think would know GBtortoises. Have you sent him a PM Ed?
 

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I've seen Turkish Testudo in the wild... not even close.

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I see turkish or hungarian greek. Does have some flared marginal scutes for sure.
 

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I think you are right. Danny came up with it first but I can never take him seriously.

I found some similar photos.

Thanks.

GBtortoises said:
It looks like a Caspian tortoise, Testudo gracea buxtoni, definitely captive raised.
 

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I had one in the past and have one currently, both wild caught. Because they were wild caught their color & contrast aren't as brilliant as the one in your photo but the patterns and the tell tale "sudden" rear marginal flaring is there. But I have not seen a lot of them to be able to say absolutely, definitely for certain!
 

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Hi Ed *waves* (biochemnerd = Katie... who you teased on FB!)

Ha, a buxtoni! Then my (Facebook) comment that 'one of mine has that same flare' wasn't so far off... as my foster Greek is a buxtoni, too, as ID'd by Egyptiandan and Tim/Robin. His coloring is way different though. He was also wild caught, and handed around quite a bit before he ended up in the rescue for which I'm fostering him.
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I know nothing about identification of Greeks... but am curious to see who else chimes in, and with what ID.

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I had one in the past and have one currently, both wild caught. Because they were wild caught their color & contrast aren't as brilliant as the one in your photo but the patterns and the tell tale "sudden" rear marginal flaring is there. But I have not seen a lot of them to be able to say absolutely, definitely for certain!
 
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Ed and Katie, your type of Greek tortoises are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Always fun to see and learn more about the testudo diversity!
 
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