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Egyptian Tortoise behavior

The Egyptian Tortoise is a very small breed of tortoise that is also known as the "Egyptian Dwarf Tortoise" or the "Klein's Tortoise".

The Egyptian Tortoise can usually be found on semi-desert and coastal regions of the Near and Middle East. They are herbivores, and therefore maintain a diet of plants. Sadly their diet is being threatened by overgrazing and habitat destruction.The Egyptian Tortoise, unlike many other breeds, remains active throughout the winter. In fact, they do not do well in hot weather and often estivate during the summer. The Egyptian Tortoise is not common in the pet trade. This may be due to the fact that when they were coming in as wild imports they had a tendency to have poorer health and henceforth would often die. For this reason they were often considered "difficult to keep". Now that they are being bred in captivity or are long term captives they are considered easier to keep.

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