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Angkor
Reptile Temple

Hermann’s Tortoise

In late February, Hermann’s tortoise emerges from under a bush or old rotting wood, where it has spent the winter months hibernating, buried in a bed of dead leaves.

Immediately after surfacing from its winter resting place, Hermann’s tortoise commences courtship and mating. Courtship is a rough affair for the female, who is pursued, rammed and bitten by the male, before being mounted. Aggression is also seen between rival males during the breeding season, which can result in ramming contests.

DID YOU KNOW? Tortoises don’t have teeth! They have beaks, which never stop growing.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Almost entirely herbivorous - clover, dandelions, strawberries, and numerous other plants and herbs. To supplement this plant-based diet, eats smaller amounts of earthworms, snails, slugs and insects.
Testudinidae
30 years wild
50 years+ captivity
Near Threatened
Southern Europe, north-eastern Spain, across southern France, western and southern Italy to Romania and Turkey. Also islands in the Mediterranean.
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