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.
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild