Horsfield Tortoise

Hrosefield Tortoise eating fruit at Wingham Wildlife Park

Horsfield Tortoise Natural History


This species has a length of 25 cm (10 inches) and weighs 4 kg (8.8 lbs).

Habitat and Distribution

This tortoise lives in dry grassland throughout Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


Horsfield tortoises can live for more than 80 years.


As herbivores they will eat flowers, grasses and weeds plus a variety of vegetables.

Groups and Breeding

Like many tortoises, horsfields are solitary in the wild, only meeting to breed. Most mating takes place in the spring after hibernation. Females lay up to 3 batches of eggs.


This species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN as they are threatened by habitat loss and captured for the pet trade.

Interesting facts

Females are usually larger than males, but males have larger tails.

The Horsfield Tortoise During Your Day Out in Kent

The Horsfield tortoise at Wingham Wildlife Park can be seen in the reptile house. This is also home to a large number of other reptiles including Nile crocodiles, grays monitor lizards and a rhinoceros iguana plus a number of invertebrates such as tarantulas and a flat rock scorpion.