Hermann's Tortoise | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Hermann's Tortoise

Testudo hermanni


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

A Hermann’s Tortoise can grow up to 18 cm long and are often kept as pets. The illegal pet trade in Hermann’s Tortoise’ has led the species to be recognised as ‘near threatened’ by the IUCN. Males can be recognised by their long and thick tail, distinguishing them from females. The oldest Hermann’s Tortoise on record lived to the age of 110.

Native Range →

Southern Europe

Natural Habitat  →

Shrubland and forest

Diet  →

Leaves, flowers and plants

Life Expectancy  →

Around 50 years in the wild. Up to 70 years in zoos

Breeding  →

3-5 eggs & a 50-70 day incubation

Group Name  →

Creep

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, illegal pet trade

Fun fact

The top of a tortoise's shell is called a “carapace”

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