Posted by Gene on 4th Jun 2014
I already had a male Hermann's that I bought at a reptile expo. Females, however, appear to be harder to come by. Tyler was able to accomodate me, even though a female was not initially listed on the site (it pays to ask). I was skeptical about shipping a live animal from Nevada to Upstate New York, but delivery was fast and went-off without a hitch. Tyler has also been very good in answering any questions via email. I've had my female Hermann's for about a week now; she looks textbook perfect and is in excellent health. Great experience overall, I'll be doing business with Tortoise Supply again in the future. Thanks!
Posted by Dan on 30th Apr 2013
I ordered a male testudo hermanni boettgeri and received a beautiful specimen by 8:45am the following business day. Packaging was tidy and secure. Following a soak, he was active and out in the yard feeding on dandelions and clover immediately. Overall, looks to be in excellent health. A very outgoing and charming fellow, I've given him the name Gordon. I will definitely be getting a female from Tortoise Supply in the future.
Posted by Michael & Katie on 16th Apr 2013
We have had our Hermann tortoises for a year now. We purchased a four year old male and two four year old females at the Vegas show a year ago. We were nervous being our first winter of hibernation. Tyler was GREAT and told us everything we needed to know. Well low and behold the trio was up and going the first week in April. All is good, eating and exploring. Max the male won't leave the females alone...but all is good.
Posted by Leo on 11th Oct 2012
I puchased a boy and a girl Hermann's at Wasatch Reptile Expo in Sep. 2012. I named them Mac and Cheese. They are very active and cute, and adjust well to Utah's dry climate. They are less afraid of humans than my other WC greek torts from PetSmart. I really hope that Tortoisesupply keeps bringing Hermann's to Reptile Expos in Utah.
Posted by maddi on 6th Oct 2012
I got my Hermann tortoise 7 days ago and hes super cute. He is very active but not use to his new home yet. Hes so cool and cant wait till I get a girl for him, thank you Sarah for sailing this hermann tortoise to me!
Common Name: Eastern Hermanns Tortoise
Scientific Name: Testudo Hermanii Boettgeri
Current Size: 5"+/-
Average Adult Size: 6-9" (females larger)
Area of Origin: Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania
Description: Light brown color with brown to black bands around each scute of the shell. These pretty tortoises are very similar in look to some localities of Greek tortoises, but lack the spurs on the rear thighs that Greeks have, as well as different colorations on the belly.
Habitat: Mediterranean tortoises, these animals live in grassy meadows and scrubland where they come and go from their burrows in order to maintain the ideal temperatures. They do hibernate naturally, and will hibernate in captivity if proper conditions are given. Our hermanns are some of the earliest Testudo to go down in the fall, and last to rise in the spring. As adults, they can safely handle body temperatures as low as 35 degrees during hibernation, and on cold spring, summer or fall months, they will retreat underground to maintain some warmth. Summer highs up to 110 degrees can be tolerated as long as there is a cooler, underground retreat the tortoise can get into. In hot climates, they will spend much of the summer days in burrows or simply buried under an inch or two of earth.
Diet: This tortoise is naturally a browser, eating broadleaf weeds and low leaves from bushes and shrubs. In captivity, Hermanns tortoises will graze on leafy weeds, dandelion, clover, and most other leafy greens provided to them. As babies, we focus more on feeding them a wide mix of leafy greens (spring mix). Vegetables can be added to the diet for variety, but fruit should generally be avoided or given as no more than 5-10% of the diet.
Adult Behavior: Adult hermanns tortoises are active, busy tortoises when the temperatures are in their ideal ranges (60-85 degrees). They are un-aggressive towards eachother in most cases, and can be kept in small groups. The mating habits can create some problems as males will occasionally bite at the females to subdue them, and sometimes will ram at each other to establish dominance through the ranks. Most will eagerly come to their keepers looking for food once they are comfortable in their environments. They are good climbers and will make attempts to escape, so perimeter fences should be buried at least 6-12" underground, and sidewalls 12-16" above ground will normally contain them.
*These tortoises were captive bred in a farm setting in Europe, and were imported to the US in early 2015. Because of the age of these tortoises (3-5 years), some of them have minor dings and scratches in the shells from normal wear and tear of life. None are health issues and do not affect the tortoises in any way.