Fragment of a tortoise shell found on forest floor.
Several (~10) tortoise were seen around the Temple of Hephaestus. These two were either fighting or courting. It looked to me like the smaller individual was biting? near the head of the larger one. The larger individual was actively retreating into its shell.
Single tortoise seen while hiking to the top of the hill. Unsure of the species, a few are possible.
Common Tortoise (Spur-thighed Tortoise)
Testudo graeca Linnaeus, 1758
Tortoises (/ˈtɔːr.təs.ɪz/, Testudinidae) are a family of land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines. Like other turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise endoskeleton has the adaptation of having an external shell fused to the ribcage. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. They are usually...