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Adult Hermann Quenches His Thirst 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. Yesterday we were walking nearby, at about the same time of year and spotted a Hermann in an area that hasn’t seen water since the Winter snows melted.

My wife thought that it might like a drink and offered it water in a red plastic cup. It approached the cup and drank deeply for quite a while :)

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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  • Ruo7in
    Ruo7inover 1 year ago

    i love tortoise!!

  • Thank you Shaojie Wang we always get the Hermanns going through our property but it is new to have their young born here. Very nice to see.

    – Dennis Melling

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 1 year ago

    great frame and story ~ love that you took the time to help, I used to have a box turtle I cared for, he was about the same size as your Hermann ~ loved him for about 10 years. a treat for my morning xx

  • Thank you Linda, it’s great to see the 2 young that were born under our summerhouse (just a few metres from the house) and now settled on our lawn:)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeover 1 year ago

    Bless, nice shot

  • Thank you Moonie :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uover 1 year ago

    Nice and gives the image color….I have been guilty of giving lizards drinks…See Anolis Carolinensis drinking licking a rock in Winter as they don’t hybernate and its color is almost white.

  • Thank you Jeffee :)
    My wife takes care of all animals, young or old, sick or healthy and is always on the lookout for any animal in distress.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 1 year ago

    aweeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    this is so sweet and endearing♥

  • Thank you Heather we still have a couple of babies that were born within metres of our house and seem to be with us to stay :)

    – Dennis Melling

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