Irreversible loss of habitats

The main threat to the species is the irreversible destruction, and the degradation, of its natural habitat.

Growing urbanisation, the increase in transport infrastructure and in the number of industrial and business parks, changes in agricultural practice and the recent intensive development of cultivated areas (vineyards) at the expense of more natural environments are causing the fragmentation and decline of tortoise populations.

The opening of firebreaks to prevent fires and forest clearance also contribute to the fragmentation and the degradation of its environment.