Taken a few moments ago as Hermann the Tortoise was passing through our garden. He was very cooperative with my camera and stayed around for a while before taking off, uphill, at a fair pace before being stopped by the chain link fence. I was able to easily pick him up and he stayed out of his shell and well aware of me, until I popped him through our gate and into the field beyond :)
The Hermanns tortoise is a beautiful species of tortoise. They are very hardy, stay small, and are quite friendly. 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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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured.

  • Thank you Julie, he was quite a friendly little fellow and was content to hang around for a while :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongabout 2 years ago

    Nice capture Dennis! Always enjoyed the turtles of the woods growing up. ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam :)
    We get quite a few Hermann’s around the property about this this time of year, every year.

    – Dennis Melling

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