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Tortoises in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Eastern Hermann's Bulgarian Tortoise

Bulgaria, Eastern Hermann's Bulgarian Tortoise

This tortoise, which used to be very common in Bulgaria, is now a protected species under Bulgarian conservation laws. It is a medium sized tortoise that may live for up to 30 years. It is extremely similar to the Dalmation Tortoise, from which it is very difficult to distinguish any differences.

From birth onwards it is subjected to an array of different predators, for example foxes, jackals, and large rodents, at least until its' shell has fully hardened. Later, it is still prey to some of Bulgarians larger raptors, including the eagle and the vulture.

It was a great pleasure for us when one of our Karakachan dogs alerted us to its' presence in the next field, which was basically an overgrown garden. I picked it up and brought it into our garden, from where it tried to escape by walking around the perimiter walls twice. After taking these photographs of the tortoise, I put him back exactly where I had found him.

If any of you would like to contribute your own photographs of the Tortoises of Bulgaria, please email high res copies to me here please.

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