Tortoise breed

GV88

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Hi all! I'm new here and was hoping some of you could help me identify the breed of my lovely tortoise Macky. He's 27cm long which is making me think he's not a Green tortoise, even though he matches those pictures closest.

He's an old boy (we think around 70) and I've had him for twenty of those years. He's always been in good health, although I've noticed he sometimes snaps at his food and misses as if he's not seeing it now, and when he walks he'll take a step then bump down onto the floor before taking another. Do you think this is just ageing or can I do something to help? Thanks in advance for your expertise! Georgie
 

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Tom

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Hi all! I'm new here and was hoping some of you could help me identify the breed of my lovely tortoise Macky. He's 27cm long which is making me think he's not a Green tortoise, even though he matches those pictures closest.

He's an old boy (we think around 70) and I've had him for twenty of those years. He's always been in good health, although I've noticed he sometimes snaps at his food and misses as if he's not seeing it now, and when he walks he'll take a step then bump down onto the floor before taking another. Do you think this is just ageing or can I do something to help? Thanks in advance for your expertise! Georgie
"Breed" designates a specific variant of a domesticated animal of a given species. Like a chihuahua or a Great Dane. Both are different breeds of the same domesticated species.

Our tortoises, by contrast, are all different species.

Its hard to tell with all of the weathering that comes with age, but your tortoise looks like either a greek or a hermanni. Care is the same, and neither should be fed fruit.

More info here:
 

TeamZissou

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This does look like a Greek of some kind. If I were pressed to guess, I would say it’s a Moroccan Greek or possibly Ibera Greek based on the size. They both can get very large.

Do you have any more photos?
 

TammyJ

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He is an absolute darling! Looks amazing!
 
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