The Russian Tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii) is native to Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and NW China, which gives it one of its alternative names: the Central Asian Tortoise. It’s also sometimes called the Horsfield’s Tortoise after an American naturalist.
Despite their natural habitat of sparsely vegetated sand/clay deserts, Russian Tortoises are actually easier to care for than many other tortoise species, and make an ideal pet for someone who’s never kept a tortoise before.
Russian Tortoises are smaller than many other types of tortoise and can be quite sociable, making them a pleasure to look after. They also hibernate in the wild, and may do so in captivity as well.