Hermanns Tortoise

Hermanns Tortoise at Wingham Wildlife Park


This species does not generally reach lengths of more than 11 inches (28cm).

Habitat and Distribution

This European species lives in arid scrubland and dry forest areas of Spain, Southern France, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Italy.

s of 70 to 100 years have been recorded in captivity, with one in the UK being reported as sill alive at 118 years in 2009.


As with many tortoise species this one is very much vegetarian, feeding in the wild on any lush grasses and fresh leaves it can find in its dry surroundings.