Hermann‘s tortoise


Hermann‘s tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

Probably the most known species of turtle in Europe...

The Hermann‘s tortoise is one of three tortoise species which are native to the European part of the Mediterranean.The destruction of their original habitats and their popularity as pets have now seriously endangered the wildlife population and have made protective measures essential for their long-term preservation.

Reproduction: The female digs a relatively deep egg pit with her hind legs in which she places the eggs. The pit is then carefully shoveled back and the offspring are left to the sun to hatch. Hermann's tortoise females lay up to 14 hard-shelled eggs two to three times a year (from April to June) but an average of three to six eggs per clutch. The eggs weigh 16 grams on average and have a diameter of 35 to 37 millimeters. Incubation period 90-110 days


Category: other

Weight: up to 1-2kg

Size: up to 36cm (female) and 20cm (male)

Age: 80 years and older

Sexually mature: 6-16 years, depending on the length of the tank

food: plant material containing crude fiber (leaves, stems, but also flowers and fruits)

habitat: The Greek tortoise inhabits almost all types of vegetation in the Mediterranean up to an altitude of around 1500 meters.

Danger: potentially at risk

distribution: European Mediterranean