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The largest known European Tortoise, the average Marginated Tortoise reaches about 14 inches in carapace length. As with many tortoises, the female is larger than the male. They have serrated marginals at the rear of the carapace. The Marginated Tortoise varies in coloration with many individuals having a nearly black shell and limbs, and some being mostly a dark olive color. Often, skin on the less exposed areas is a creamy or yellowish color. The large scutes on the plastron, or underside of the shell, each have a characteristic dark triangular marking in them. Marginated Tortoises are an average size tortoise. Adult individuals will grow to about 9 pounds on average, though individuals as large as 15 pounds have been reported.

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