A man is being investigated for having 27 endangered tortoises in his home in Valencia.

The Civil Guard visited the property and discovered the animals.

25 were of the species known as Testudo Graeca (Greek or Moorish tortoise) which is present in the Mediterranean area and North Africa.

The other two were examples of the African spurred tortoise, which is the largest continental species in the world.

It is native to the Sahara desert and is found in many countries in North and Central Africa.

It has not been revealed how the 38-year-old man obtained the turtles or if he ran an illegal breeding farm.

turtle discovery
SPECIES OF SMALL BLACKBERRIES

The two species are protected by Spanish legislation and are also on the list of threatened species.

A special license is required to possess them and the man was unable to present any documents to the Civil Guard.

The turtles were removed and are being cared for at the El Saler Wildlife Recovery Center in Valencia.

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