Other Names: May sometimese be called a Mediterranean tortoise. Hermann's tortoise is considered part of a group of tortoises sometimes called Mediterranean tortoises, comprised of multiple Testudo species - including Hermann's tortoise, and the spur thighed tortoise.
Life Span: Up to 75 years or more.
Size: 6-10 inches.
Feeding: Diet should consist largely of leafy greens and grasses, supplemented with a variety of other vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, etc.) and fruits (apples, apricots, grapes, melons, peaches, strawberries etc.) in smaller quantities. In the wild they will take some insects, slugs, and carrion, but feeding of these is not necessary and too much animal protein is harmful (never feed dog or cat food).
Supplements: Use a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement on the food.
Housing - Outdoors: House outdoors if possible. Day time temperatures should be 80-86 F (27-30 C), and can fall to 65-70 F (18-21 C) at night. These small tortoises are pretty active and can climb and burrow well, so the pen should be escape-proof. Shelter from extremes of weather is necessary, as it protection from predators. A snallow pan of water can be sunk into the ground for easy access.
Housing - Indoors: A fairly large enclosure is necessary for adults (2 feet by 4 feet). A soil/sand mix or cypress bark can be used as a substrate. A basking light should pre provided (with a basking spot at about 95 F or 35 C), with the ambient temperatures in the range mentioned above. A shallow pan of water should be provided.