Baby Eastern Hermann's Tortoise at Home by Dennis Melling

Baby Eastern Hermann's Tortoise at Home by 

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In Spring of 2012 this baby emerged from underneath our summer house and adopted us. Our new baby decided that our garden was quite suitable and decided to make it her new adopted home, at least for a while.

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.

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  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Mellingalmost 2 years ago

    and now there are 2 :):)

  • Ruo7in
    Ruo7inalmost 2 years ago

    It’s so cute, i bet he loves fruit and flowers!

  • Actually, although we do give them other things, they prefer the dandelions that they find themselves.
    The one in the main picture is especially friendly and always pops out her head when we go near. Even the adults in the wild seem to stop and pose for my camera and are not bothered at all by our dog putting his nose in :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 2 years ago

    How sweet…great texture here

  • It’s amazing how beautiful they are when up close :)
    An adult has just moved in with us now :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 2 years ago

    Nicely done..:)

  • Thank you Lori, an adult has just moved in and that makes 3 :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this very cute little fellow! I used to keep turtles several years ago when I belonged to the GA Herp Society. They are quite interesting.

  • Thank you Vivian :)
    An adult has also been with us for a couple of days and I’ve just been out taking videos. Our 2 youngest cats were very interested as it moved pretty quickly down the garden and pushed under a wire netting fence :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • RicIanH
    RicIanHalmost 2 years ago

    Superb photo. They are handsome little fellows

  • Many thanks – they certainly have beautiful patterns and are very friendly :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Kealaover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful Dennis! They are such cute little fellows!

  • Thank you Leigh they don’t seem to be afraid of anything and just carry on even when they have a cat or dog nose touching their nose.
    And they also move remarkably quickly :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 year ago

    They are cool! Great shot Dennis!

  • Thank you Leigh :)

    – Dennis Melling

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