Geographical Range Northern Egypt and northeastern Libya
Habitat Deserts, scrublands, dry woodlands
Scientific Name Testudo kleinmanni
Conservation Status Critically endangered

This tortoise lives in dry habitats, where it is active in the morning and late afternoon. It is small enough to crawl into a rodent burrow, slip into a crevice, or duck under a flat rock to take shelter during the heat of the day. At cooler times, its compact size allows the tortoise to quickly raise its body temperature to a comfortable level by basking in the sun. Destruction of habitat for farming and ranching is the primary threat to its survival.