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Marginated Tortoise
2007-02-21 11:23:32

The Marginated Tortoise, Testudo marginata, is a species of Mediterranean tortoise found in southern Greece, from the Peloponnesus to Mount Olympus. They are also found in isolated zones of the Balkans and Italy, with a somewhat broader range in northeastern Sardinia. They prefer mountainous regions in elevations over 5,250 feet high. It is the largest European tortoise, reaching a weight of...

Egyptian Tortoise
2007-02-21 11:15:53

The Egyptian Tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni, is a critically endangered tortoise. They live in deserts and semi-desert habitats, usually with compact sand and gravel plains, scattered rocks, shallow, sandy wades, dry woodlands, shrubby areas, and coastal salt marsh habitats. They were once widespread throughout Egypt, but now can only be found in Libya. Extinction is inevitable unless...

Russian Tortoise
2007-02-21 11:15:19

The Russian Tortoise, Horsfield's Tortoise or Central Asian Tortoise, Testudo horsfieldii, is a species of tortoise that is named after the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield. The Russian Tortoise ranges from Afghanistan to north western China, through the countries of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Baluchistan....

Greek Tortoise
2007-02-21 11:04:54

The Greek Tortoise, Testudo graeca, is one of four European member of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. The other members of the family are Herman's Tortoise, Marginated Tortoise, and Horsfield's Tortoise. There are six noticeable differences between males and females of the Greek Tortoise. Males have a longer tail that tapers to an even point. The anal cavity opening is farther from the...

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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