Baby Hermanns Tortoise (Eastern)

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  1. I Love my baby

    Posted by Kaelani on 18th Aug 2020

    I got my baby Eastern Hermanns Tortoise about 7 hours ago and he/she is doing amazing. I think it is a male but not sure. the minute it arrived I took him out, soaked it, and within not time it was moving, eating, and drinking.
    I would really recommend Tortoise Supply. their pack was safe and well put together.
    Thank you, Keep up the amazing work

  2. Love this tortoise!

    Posted by Jalisa Pottorf on 10th Jul 2019

    I had a couple of questions before I placed my order and they got back to me very quickly and politely! My tortoise arrived awake and alert, and started eating within about 48 hours! We've had him for one month now. He (I'm assuming it's a "he" but we wont know until it's older) loves to walk around his enclosure and investigate everything he sees. I really appreciate how much information they provide on the website about how to care for each species. I've referenced it quite a few times! They really know what they're doing at Tortoise Supply. We're enjoying this baby so much and I can't wait to grow old with it!

  3. Perfect!

    Posted by A very happy customer on 1st Oct 2017

    My Little one arrived yesterday morning at 11:41am. After soaking her(I'm hoping its a female) i put her into her new home and after a few minutes of basking she started to explore. I was expecting she would be shy but nope! She right away started eating and darting around showing no signs of fear. Thank you tortoise supply!
    P.S. This has something to do with UPS. The man arrived holding the box incorrectly(completely ignored the arrows on the box)and he didn't even knock to let me know the tortoise had arrived he placed her on the porch and left. So just to avoid any problems people may have in the future always make sure someone is at the door ready to receive the tortoise.

  4. Wonderful!

    Posted by Chris on 28th Aug 2016

    My Hermanns tortoise arrived A couple days ago and I am extremely pleased with the arrival speed and the quality of the tortoises. Very satisfied with my purchase I will be recommending Tortoise Supply.

  5. Healthy, active, and eating already!

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Jun 2016

    I just received my baby Hermann's tortoise this morning and at first he was very shy and groggy but after a nap and a bit of exploring my little friend has began eating and even accepting food from my hand! Shipping was prompt and the tortoise arrived just as described, healthy and in great shape! So many tortoise websites are scams but Tortoise Supply lived up to all of its promises. Thank you, Tortoise Supply, I'm glad I chose you guys!

  6. '*'*Juvenile 'Hermanne '*Tortoise

    Posted by Nicole on 10th Apr 2016

    '*love him. he was shipped to me all the way from Las Vegas to New York, and was in wonderful shape. I will not ever go to another site for a turtle, tortoise or what not. Thank you guys.

  7. Healthy Baby

    Posted by Jaquelyn on 18th Jan 2016

    I was nervous to order my baby online because I was concerned about the delivery, but the packaging was great. My baby showed up to my house in the early afternoon. He was slow and groggy for the first day, because of the long trip to Texas. The following day he was awake in the morning ready to eat. He's been active, hungry, and growing since the day I got him. He's a little older than 6 months now, and we love him so much!

  8. New Arrival!

    Posted by Travis, Katie, and Sheldon on 1st Jul 2015

    I would like to thank Tyler and family for wonderful customer service. I was in communication for over a year with Tyler before the timing was right for the purchase. In truth, I was ready a few months earlier, but "Sheldon" hadn't hatched yet and thought never crossed my mind to shop elsewhere. The Tortoise Supply has a new loyal customer. Thank you.

  9. I wouldn't buy from Anywhere else!!

    Posted by Karen Haubbert on 24th Jan 2015

    I purchased my Hermann's, Ari, 4 years ago and received the healthiest quarter sized baby tortoise that I have ever seen. I followed TS's care instructions and now have very healthy and happy 5" male Tortiose. Kudos to everyone at Tortoise Supply.

  10. Beautfiul Tortoise!

    Posted by Alex on 20th Jan 2015

    Packaged very well, arrived VERY quickly. Tortoise is beautiful and active right out of the box.

  11. Amazing health

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Aug 2014

    The tortoise that we recieved came in amazing health and was very active thank you tortoise supply

  12. Hermann Tortoise

    Posted by Hailey Milton on 3rd Jan 2014

    He came at about nine in the morning. Packaged very well and he was a very drowsy tortoise for the first few hours but now his is walking around his habitat and eating. He is so beautiful, thank you so much!

  13. Beautiful and Healthy Tortoise!

    Posted by Nancy on 8th Oct 2013

    My hermanns hatchling arrived just a few days ago and is settling in perfectly. He is very active and eager to explore his tortoise table. Loves to dig and climb! Thanks to everyone here who made it possible for me to have such a great new companion!
    Thanks again!!

  14. Happy Healthy Hatchling

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jun 2013

    Our Hermann's tortoise hatchling has been with us for about 3 weeks now. It was packaged very well, and has been eating and drinking since we unpacked him. Tyler has been wonderful with any follow up questions.

  15. Great!

    Posted by C. on 4th Dec 2012

    I have had my Hermann's tortoise for almost 5 months now. The first couple of months that they spend at the breeder's facility is VITAL to their overall health and if a tortoise isn't well cared for in that time, it usually shows after a couple of months in its new home. My little guy is as healthy as can be and he has been since the moment I took him out of the box. In fact, I had read that they may not eat for a couple days after shipping so I was very surprised when my little one started stuffing his face as soon as he was put into his enclosure.

    I would definitely recomment Tortoise Supply to anyone I know that wants a tortoise and will certainly do business with them in the future when I decide to get more tortoises.

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Common Name: Eastern Hermanns Tortoise
Scientific Name: Testudo Hermanii Boettgeri
Current Size: 1.5-2"
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. 

Our Current Care:  During cooler weather or indoors, these tortoises are kept indoors on a cypress and/or coco coir substrate with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. We raise them in cheap, simple plastic tubs that can be purchased at WalMart or Target, generally 3 to 4 square feet in size for babies. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 75 at night up to 85 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80-85 at night with a heat pad beind it, or a red bulb placed overhead.

Diet consists of spring mix greens with many other leafy greens offered in rotation to that (mulberry, endive, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves, diced cactus pad and we use globe mallow leaves pretty regularly). We like to also add moistened Mazuri LS tortoise diet as well as ZooMed's Gourmet Tortoise Food a few times a week, usually mixed and mashed into the leafy greens. The addition of the commercial diets take care of most or all of the supplementation needs, or you can sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week and a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times a week. We also throw a pinch of our herbal hay on top of whatever they are eating almost daily, which adds variety and flavor and scent to everything.

The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water daily or almost daily for 30 minutes each time. We don't generally use water dishes in the enclosures because of the risk of drowning (yes, we have lost babies to drowning when they flipped over in 1/4" of water).

Being a desert species, they should have intense lighting, and they need lights on during the day and off at night to maintain a normal day/night cycle. We use full spectrum UVB lights, which we suggest for the growth of pretty, healthy tortoises, and use a ZooMed Powersun bulb in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 95-100 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.

We don't use the "closed chamber" method (keeping airflow very restricted to increase humidity to the point that clouds form in the enclosure). It is very risky if/when temperatures get below about 80, and mold, shell rot, and respiratory problems become a lot more common in those conditions. We keep them open top in the warm area, and enclosed, warm and humid within the hide (like they would be in the wild). They are free to choose the conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels they want within that setup.