Predation and taking of individuals

Man with two other predators exert strong pressure on tortoises in the wild.

Dogs often flush out and catch individual tortoises, and can easily injure or kill them. In the Plaine des Maures, the number of tortoises demonstrating bite marks is very high, particularly close to inhabited areas or to areas attracting many visitors. 

Predation from wild boar also seems to be a substantial threat, especially since the Var populations have greatly increased in the last 30 years. Egg-laying areas and juveniles are particularly threatened.

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