These are small to medium-sized tortoises, which origninate from southern Europe. They are commonly kept as pets.   Robust and small, these tortoises originated from Russia and Asia.
     
With its beautiful shell markings, it’s easy to see how this type of tortoise gained its name.   These tortoises can grow to quite a size and they are aptly named as they have a spur on each thigh.
       
This pre-historic looking creature has an extremely unusual, flattened appearance. Looking after it is no mean feat and requires an experienced tortoise aficionado.      
         
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