Hermanns Tortoise

Hermanns Tortoise at Wingham Wildlife Park

Hermanns Tortoise Natural History


This species does not generally reach lengths of more than 11 inches (28cm) weighing up to 4 kg.

Habitat and Distribution

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

Lifespans 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.

Groups and Breeding

The Hermanns tortoise breeds between May and July. The female will dig a nest in the soil to lay up to 12 eggs in. Hatchlings will emerge after around 90 days.


Habitat loss and capture for the pet trade are both threats to this species which is listed as near threatened by the IUCN.

Interesting Facts

Just like other tortoises they don’t have teeth, just a strong horny beak.

The Hermanns Tortoise During Your Day Out in Kent

The Hermanns tortoises at Wingham Wildlife Park share an enclosure with African spur-thighed tortoises and Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoises opposite the walk through ring-tailed lemur enclosure. This is also home to our scarlet, blue and gold and harlequin macaws.