Hermann tortoise , Information, Care , Hibernation, Hatchlings for sale


General Information


The tortoise is a living fossil having survived since the dawn of the age of   reptiles, 200 million years ago.
Sadly the Collection for exportation and habitat destruction have dramatically reduced populations in their native countries around the Mediterranean like France, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and northern Africa.
In Britain, with our wet summers and cold damp winters, they are outside their distribution range, but if basic guidelines are followed, a captive Hermann's tortoise can have a long and happy a life here in the UK.
The Hermanns tortoise is truly a species of the Mediterranean, occurring along the northern coast from southern France to turkey plus the Balkans and central Mediterranean islands. Hermanns tortoises are split into two main sub spices hermanni boettgeri the Eastern Hermanns and hermanni hermanni the Western Hermanns.
The Eastern Hermanns is the most common one found here in the UK.


In 1984 it was agreed with the EEC Council to treat three species of Mediterranean tortoise
(the Spur-thighed, Hermann's and Marginated Tortoise from Greece)
according to Appendix 1 of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The Egyptian Tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) was added to Appendix I in 1994.
This meant that these four species were protected and commercial trade strictly prohibited.
For the sale, exchange or barter of these protected tortoises by private individuals a license is required,
obtainable from the Department of the Environment, food and rural affairs (D.E.F.R.A) in Bristol.
Since Slovenia joined the E.E.C Hermanns tortoises have been imported into the UK sometimes via Germany
in alarming numbers. They have legal documentation  and are sold as captive bred.
The Tortoise Trust believes that the vast majority of these imported tortoises are illegally taken from the wild.
The Tortoise Trust  and other tortoise organizations are currently in the process of trying to halt the commercial importation of any tortoises. Something that we all thought had been stopped back in 1984.

It is illegal to buy or sell a Hermanns tortoise without an article 10 certificate.


The Hermanns tortoise is the one tortoise that is most adaptable to our UK climate.
Unlike Horsfields tortoises Hermanns tortoises cope better in wet or damp conditions.
My Hermanns tortoises if indoors will actually come outside if it is raining they like it that much.
All tortoises will require special care. The Hermanns tortoises care is the simplest and is therefore
recommended by many tortoise enthusiast as a good tortoise for the beginner. Hermanns tortoises
are very friendly and have very pretty shells.
They grow to a nice size of around 18 to 20cms.


Why you should buy your Hermanns tortoise from a Genuine UK breeder.

To successfully breed tortoises in captivity takes a lot of time and dedication.
You have to provide your tortoises with the correct diet and the right environment.
Only when a tortoise is happy and healthy will it consider breeding.
As a breeder,
I am passionate about the welfare of my tortoises and their off-spring.
I would not sell a tortoise to someone who has not carried out proper research on what they are about to undertake.
It is important to me that all my tortoises including their hatchlings stay healthy and live long happy lives.
As a breeder, I provide support via e-mail or telephone for those who require it.
It is illegal to sell a Hermanns tortoise without an article 10 license (cites certificate).
It is also illegal to buy a Hermanns tortoise without a license.
Many tortoises sold in pet shops or via dealers are sadly imported from Slovenia.
Check their certificates if under country of origin it says Slovenia they been imported.
They would have had to endure the very long and stressful journey here to the UK.
These imported tortoises are reported to have at best a heavy worm infestation which would require intervention immediately from a Vet. At worse Herpes which is highly contagious and can be fatal.

Many pet shops also give out the wrong care instructions for Hermanns tortoises such as:-

Trying to sell you a vivarium to house your Hermanns tortoise (complete with heat mat)

Vivariums and heat mats are totally unsuitable for your Hermann's tortoise and will lead to health
problems and even premature death. Hermanns tortoises need air circulation so require an open top enclosure.
Heat mats are to hot for the tortoises more sensitive undersides. Also the tortoise cannot understand why it can not walk through the glass and will spend most of the time clawing at the glass trying to get out resulting in the tortoise becoming stressed.

Trying to sell you tortoise dried pellet food.

The problem with tortoise pellet food is it has been developed for a wide range of tortoises.
Different species of tortoises require different foods. Hermann's tortoises need food that is high in
fiber and calcium and low in protein. This Pellet food has a protein level that is far too high for Hermanns
and will lead to very fast growth resulting in lumpy shell and bone disorder.It is obvious that pet shops
are only selling the above items to make extra money. A genuine tortoise breeder would never try and sell you anything that would be harmful to your new tortoise.

Your pet tortoise can live for well over 80 years so please do your research and
buy your Hermanns tortoise from a genuine UK breeder.

It is best to spend time and travel to get a tortoise that has had the very best start to life