it is very good, that things are illegal now.
But in June 2009 I found these three turtles in a souvenir shop on the Croatian island of Krk.
After calling a friend in the university the turtles have been confiscated and the shop has been closed.
Turtles already here at the ministry in Rijeka
yes, there are some differences to look for without handling the tortoise:
1) the dark markings on the Carapax plates have a - but not very distinctive - star appearance (you can see it on your pictures)
2) the scales on the front feed are quite large (much more than in hermanni)
Both are Testudo graeca ibera - spur tight tortoise or Moorish tortoise.
The character with the divided Supracaudal plate works only in lets say 80 %, depends on the population. In graeca single, in hermanni (Greek tortoise) divided.
It is good, not to handle tortoises, especially during...
yes John, it is a male for sure :)
but dont give to much on the vipers colour. even females may be silvery grey.
On the pictures you see two females and one male. At the male's picture I have marked where the tail begins. The bump at the beginning of the tail are the pockets for the hemipenes.
In young adders it is more easy to check the "nose"shields for sexing.
In males, the borders of the rostrale and the nasals have a strong contrasting border, while in females the shields are unicolored.