Central Asian Tortoise | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Central Asian Tortoise

Testudo horsfieldii


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The sturdy and robust Central Asian Tortoise is one of the smaller members of the Tortoise family growing to an average 15-25 cm long. Native to the Silk Road encompassing Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran and China, the Central Asian Tortoise hibernates in Winter, safely taking to the confines of their vast burrows.

Native Range →

Central and West Asia

Natural Habitat  →

Desert, savanna and scrublands

Diet  →

Grasses, flowers, herbs and leaves

Life Expectancy  →

50-100 years in the wild. Up to 100 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-6 eggs & a 8-11 week incubation period

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting, Illegal pet trade, Habitat loss

Fun fact

The average lifespan of a Central Asian Tortoise (also known as Horsefield Tortoise) is around 40 years!

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