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The Russian Tortoise generally reaches a length of 6 to 8 inches. Their skin is often tan in color. Their carapace is very round and comes in a variety of colors such as tan, yellow-green, and olive. They often have dark markings on the scutes of their carapace. The vertebral scutes of the carapace are noticeably flat. The plastron of the Russian Tortoise is often covered with brown and black markings and at times, you will find one of these tortoises with a nearly completely black plastron. The tail has a terminal claw. The scutes on either side of the tail are often serrated and this seems to occur more often in males. Though females are generally larger than males, the tail is generally longer and thicker in males than in females. The Russian Tortoise has four claws on each foot and thus another of their common names, the Four-Toed Tortoise. They are also known as the Afghan, the Steppe, the Central Asian, and the Horsfield's Tortoise.

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