Hermann’s Tortoise is one of the only five tortoise species in the genus Testudo. Depending on its habitat range, the species has been divided into two subspecies, namely the eastern and western Hermann’s tortoise, with the former being considerably larger than the latter.
|Scientific Name||Testudo hermanni|
|Length/Size||Eastern subspecies up to 28 cm (11 in), while the western up to 18 cm (7.1 in)|
|Body Coloration||The carapace is patterned in black and yellow that gradually fades with age|
|Range/Distribution||Throughout the southern part of Europe|
|Habitat||Prefers evergreen Mediterranean oak forests|
|Diet/Food||Ground vegetation like grasses, shoots, stems, leaves and flowers, but would also consume small slugs, snails and different insects if food is scarce|
|Clutch Size||2-12 eggs|
|Mode of Reproduction||Oviparous|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Near Threatened|
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Published on November 16th 2018 by staff under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.
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