Turtles in Romania – Testudo graeca

Greek turtle close up

How many of you knew that if you travel in the southeastern part of Romania, near the Danube Delta, you can find living turtles in the wild?

Turtles in Romania - The Greek turtle

Besides bears and other wildlife, there are four species of turtles that can be found in Romania. One of them is the Greek turtle (Testudo graeca). It lives exclusively in Dobrogea and the Danube Delta. It is active between April and October but can be spotted during the rest of the year as well.

It prefers the rocky areas but can also be found in bushes and in forests in Dobrogea. If you’re hiking there, you have the biggest chances of seeing one. They are between 15 and 30 centimeters long and brown colored.

Greek turtle close up

Because their number decreased during the years, it is now a protected species so if you see one while driving, make sure you stop your car and move the turtle away from the busy roads.