Baby Eastern Hermann's Tortoise in Romania by Dennis Melling

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In 2011 several adult Hermanns were to be seen in our garden, in Romania and we believed that this must have been the mating season.

In Spring of 2012 this baby emerged from underneath our summer house and adopted us. A couple of weeks ago it emerged from hibernation underneath the summer house and has now taken up abode, on a wooden step, at the bottom of our house steps. The step is under constant use by our 9 cats and 2 dogs but it doesn’t seem to mind :)

We have now enclosed it in an area of rocks and open grass to keep it safe while we spray our trees and cut the knee deep grass.

The Hermanns tortoise (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) is a beautiful species of tortoise. They are very hardy, stay small, and are quite friendly. Until recently the climate here was temperate but is now ‘extreme’ to say the least and the Hermann is struggling to survive.During the hibernation we had huge ammounts of snow and temperatures down to -25 and during the summer temperatures reached +42.

There are two subspecies, Western and Eastern. The Eastern Hermanns (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) get a little bigger and are much more common than the Westerns (Testudo hermanni hermanni).

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  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 1 year ago

    great capture Dennis!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • RicIanH
    RicIanHover 1 year ago

    Great photo – fascinating information. That temperature range sounds very grim

  • Many thanks :)
    The temperature range is also like a switch: on/off, Summer/Winter.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eagleson11 months ago

    These are really small! Many years ago, I used to belong to the Georgia Herpetological Society. I had land and water turtles and they can be quite interesting. However, keeping them at the correct temperature and providing the right kinds of food can get to be a job. I just stick with dogs and cats now as they are more compatible regarding living conditions since we’re all warm blooded creatures.

  • We just watch the wild tortoises and really we have only helped their babies that are born on our property and then returned them to the wild.
    Three last year :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala11 months ago

    Oh how precious! Great idea of adding the coin as reference! Wonderful shot dear friend!

  • Mariana named all three, that were born this year, but they all looked the same to me :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala11 months ago

    How fun! My sisters two Cairn terriers look the same to me but she can tell them apart. I liked the story on the web about the chinese family who had 4 identical sons and shaved numbers in their hair.

  • Oh my gosh !

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala9 months ago

    I love this shot my friend! Thank you for sharing with Urban Wildlife!

  • Thank you Leigh :)

    – Dennis Melling

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