Hermann‘s tortoise


Hermann‘s tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

Probably the most known tortoise
species in Europe...

The Hermann‘s tortoise is one of three tortoise species which are native to the European part of the Mediterranean region. Meanwhile the destruction of their natural habitats and their popularity as pet threaten the wild population heavily. That‘s why protection is important for their long-term survival.

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 hatch in the sun. Greek 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 an average of 16 grams and have a diameter of 35 to 37 millimeters. Incubation period 90-110 days

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Category: other

Weight: up to 1-2kg

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

Age: 80 years older too

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