Hermanns tortoises are found throughout the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey. The typical habitat for hermanns tortoises is open forests and grasslands. Hermanns tortoises stay fairly small and rarely exceed eight inches. Males are smaller than females and adult males have a noticeably longer tail. Hermanns tortoises need to be kept between 88-92 degrees during the day and the temperature can drop to about 65 at night.
These tortoises are capable of hibernating if kept outdoors. Hermanns tortoises require 12-14 hours of UVB light for proper health and growth. The cage for a Hermanns tortoise should be big enough for it to have room to move around easily. The beddings should hold moisture very well allowing a higher humidity in the cage. Ideally, the bedding should also be kept a few inches deep to provide a place to burrow.
Hermanns tortoises should be fed grasses and mixed vegetables daily. They can be fed a variety of leafy greens such as collard greens, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, hibiscus leaves and flowers, green onions, spinach, green beans, zucchini, frozen mixed vegetables, timothy hay, and alfalfa.
A calcium and vitamin supplement should be put on their vegetables every day as a baby. A shallow water dish should be available at all times.
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