Hermann’s tortoise

About This Project

France’s only land turtle!

Hermann’s tortoises are often confused with the Greek tortoise as both have a black and yellow patterned carapace. Nevertheless, “our” Hermann’s tortoise has been found in France for more than a million years, and has adapted to conditions here, hibernating during the winter. Mainly herbivorous, it can also eat snails, insects and carrion.

However, it is in danger of disappearing, a victim of habitat destruction, fire and dog attacks. And also of illegal collection by private individuals and of diseases caught from captive tortoises released into the wild.

You will find a number of these tortoises in the red and green macaw aviary, excepted from October to April: they hibernate!

Latin name: Testudo hermanni
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Size: 15-18 cm
Weight: 3 – 4 kg
Lifespan: 60-80 years 40-60 years (W)
Incubation: 97 days
Number of eggs: 2-3, 1 to 3 clutches
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Diet: herbivorous, partly carnivorous
Distribution: Spain, Italy and France (Var and Corsica), Mediterranean islands, Balkans.
Conservation status: near threatened