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Hermann’s Tortoise

Spread across its habitat in the ‘eastern’ and the ‘western’ subspecies, the Hermann’s Tortoise is one of the only five tortoise species that fall under the genus Testudo. The eastern subspecies is larger than their western counterpart.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Testudo
    Species T. hermanni
    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
    Breeding Season Springtime
    Clutch Size 2-12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on November 16th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 12th November 2018.

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