Egyptian Tortoise Hatchling (pre-paid wait list)

$1,500.00

These Egyptian hatchlings have slowly started to hatch.  I do not ship them until they reach 16 grams. It usually takes 3-4 months to reach 16 grams.  These will not be shipped until the end of August or early September of 2021.  Once the date of shipping gets closer, customers can choose the one they want, I go down the wait list, first come first serve.

*Gender is not an option, I incubate for a healthy tortoise, I don’t practice temperature sex determination with Egyptians.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

These Egyptian tortoises are 100% Captive bred.

The Egyptian Tortoise is a species with a limited distribution confined to desert areas in northern Egypt, western Negev, Israel and northern Cyrenaica, Libya. It is a ‘coastal’ species, usually not occurring more than 90 kilometers from the coast.

There is a lot of debate on whether there are subspecies. The one thing that all the breeders agree on is that there is only 1 Egyptian tortoise species with different localities. Mixed blood lines based upon distinct features could and does happen. The three locales are from Libya, Egypt and Negav.

“Libyan” tortoises tend to have very dark markings/patterns on their carapace and plastron. They also have darker skin pigmentation. Darker skin is said to coincide with the general soil color from the various regions where the animal comes from. Hence the dark soil in Gebel Akhdar, Libya (northeast coast of Libya). Vegetation cover is also densest in this species range, which could be the reason why the soil is darker.
“Egypt” tortoises tend to have lighter color on their carapace with no patterns on their carapace or plastron. They tend to have a pinkish/orangish color skin. This would make sense since the soil is reddish in their habitat range of Egypt and Cyrenaica (most eastern coast of Libya).
“Negav” tortoises are said to be very light with no patterns on the carapace, but they do have very subtle pattern on their plastron. Their carapace are much lighter (almost albino looking) compared to the true Egyptian’s that came out of Egypt.
There was a field survey done in August of 1994 by Sherif and Mindy Baba El Din (https://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/toreport.html). They surveyed two major parts of the “Egypt” tortoise’s range which are both on the Mediterranean coast, but east and west of the Nile Delta. They basically found no signs of the tortoise in the Nile Valley due to their habitat being destroyed. The soil was good for crops and raising animals. It was also very easy to build on. Due to the landscape and easy access of the Nile Delta their habitat was destroyed and most tortoises were pushed out of their habitat or they died. They found signs of tortoises in North Sinai (east of the Nile Delta, which is closest to Israel), but most of their assumptions were cited on seeing tracts of tortoises and from locals saying they still exist, they did not see an actual Egyptian tortoise. The nature of the landscape in north Sinai is mostly dominated by soft sand dunes. This made access and building in this range difficult, which is probably the reason why there are still some small patches of habitat that remain for these tortoises to survive in.
In 1989 the boarders between Egypt and Libya were opened. This caused a lot of herders and farmers in Libya to collect many tortoises and export them across the boarder for the pet trade in Egypt. Egypt then exported them to the United States for $20 a tortoise and they were sold in the United States for $100-$250 each. Most likely no Egyptian tortoises came out of Israel (Negav) due to the exporting of animals that shut down in the 70’s. That doesn’t mean that smuggling didn’t occur, so there is always a possibility that Negav tortoises came from Israel to Egypt or Libya and then made it to the United States. The really light color Egyptians, most likely were picked from the east coast of North Sinai and exported to the United States and documented coming from Israel due to being taken close to the Egypt/Israel boarder. So basically most Egyptian tortoises came from Egypt or Libya in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In November of 1994, due to the field survey, the Egyptian Government was convinced to upgrade the Egyptian tortoise to Appendix I of CITES. Since then all pet trade of Egyptian tortoises have been prohibited. This is most likely why most Egyptian hatchling tortoises purchased in the United States are from F3 (third generation captive breed adults). Though there are some private breeders who still have some living F2 adults who are producing hatchlings. You just have to seek them out and get on their long waiting list.

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