1. ErinInCA

    Hermann in winter: plan in NC?

    Hello, we just moved to North Carolina and our 3-year old Hermann has an outdoor enclosure. This will be our second winter with him, but the first one he was indoor only. Does anyone know if Hermanns can stay outside in the winter here? If so, what kind of setup do they need? Or, should I...
  2. L

    Is our tortoise a male or female?

    Hi there, a year and a half ago we got two young tortoises, they were roughly four months old when we got them. When we got them the breeder said they should both be girls due to the temperature at which they were incubated. They are now about 2 years old and one of them is demonstrating some...
  3. M

    How easily do tortoises breed and lay fertile eggs?

    I currently have two female Hermanns 12 years old, and I want to get a male. My two females both lay infertile eggs yearly. If I get a male this year, will next years eggs be fertile?
  4. Wish Lin

    Hermann eating plastic mat substrate

    I caught one of my tortoise eating on the plastic mat substrate as I got home today. He/She has never done this before, and although I pulled a chunk out of his/her mouth, it appeared that a small part of the mat has already been eaten: The tortoise is well fed and so far has not shown any...
  5. W

    Dog attack advice

    Hello I’m just looking for some advice for some injuries my Hermann tortoise (mi-shell) sustained from a dog getting into our garden and attacking her, luckily we we’re quick on the case so she doesn’t look like she’s been too affected, she was tucked into her shell after the incident for about...
  6. P

    11 month Herman tortoise plastron question

    Hi all, My little guy (who is my first tortoise) has a bit of plastron that seems to overlap like a finger nail. (Right side near middle) I soak him every day. I saw someone on YouTube give their tort a scrub with a toothbrush. Wondering if I should do that to make sure that area, including the...
  7. RatQueen_Irene

    Keeping Humidity Up Hatchling Eastern Hermann

    Hello, nice to meet you all! My hatchling eastern hermann's tortoise is arriving tomorrow and I'm very excited, decided to name him Kepler (after the telescope) haha I have everything I think I need to make a good enclosure, having read everything I could get my hands on the past two years...
  8. E

    Tortoise enclosures too close together?

    Hello everyone, I hope you're having a good day :tort: I have two Hermanns, both roughly 9 years old males in good health. My question is regarding their enclosure(s). Imagine their enclosure(s) as one big rectangle, kind of like a book shape-wise, about 5m (~16ft) in length and 2,5-3m...
  9. B

    Outdoor playpen

    We are needing to sort out an outdoor area for our Hermann. Our garden is small and totally covered in stones. Because of this, it needs to be something that can be folded away. We have found something that is a decent size and has netting for protection that can easily be stored away but we are...
  10. F

    Hermanns tortoise is trying to hibernate? Need help

    Hello to all tortoise lovers, I'm new here so I might be asking something I'm not supposed to here. Feel free to redirect me plz. I had hermanns tortoise that got sick and survived for 2,5 - 3 years (it was it's age as well). I might have done plenty mistakes as it was my first tortoise ever...
  11. M

    Fire hardened wood

    Hello everyone. So I’m having an issue with legs in my tortoise table that keeps the second level up. Can I use fire hardened wood? From my understanding fire hardened wood won’t grow mold but I was unsure if it was ok for a hermanns tortoise. I was going to use plastic but can’t find solid...
  12. O

    my 7 month old hermanns tortoise has diarrhoea

    I've had my 7 month old hermanns tortoise for 2 weeks and it's had diarrhoea ever since i got it. I mainly feed it sow thistle, kale, lamb's lettuce and clover but i try to switch it up every day. I soak it every other day for 20 minutes and rub calcium into its food every other day as well...
  13. pikkutassu

    Is Rémy a girl?

    Hi everyone! Rèmy is a bit over a year now and I've been wondering if he is actually a she. What do you guys think? Looking at the cloaca it's definitely asterisk shaped, but also it's a young tortoise still. Please share your thoughts. 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢
  14. Maggy

    Feeding sprouts?

    I have a hermanns tortoise and am trying to learn how to grow him food. I figured the easiest way is sprouts. Trust me I have tried many things and I really just don't have a green thumb and kill almost everything. I am wondering if sprouts of any kind would be ok to feed him? Such as alfalfa...
  15. Mizena01

    Near Eye Injury?

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone can help. I noticed today our 6 year old Herman Tortoise (called Turtle or T-man!) had a bump next to his right eye, please see photos. It appeared at some point over the last day it would seem. It doesn’t seem to be causing any discomfort or pain to him...
  16. yay14

    Basking alot

    Hello everyone, i have realized that my yearling hermann has been basking alot recently like maybe 5-6 hours a day. I looked it up and was confused becuse everyone said that it could be becuse of low temps but his temps are good, ambinent 76-78 warm area 83-84, basking 90-95. But i now realized...
  17. EchoFrost

    Introduction - Me and Herman 🐢

    Hello lovely people of TortoiseForum! Now that I've been a tort parent for about a week and a half, I think I'm ready to introduce myself and Herman to the tort community! Herman is an adorable Eastern Hermann's tort (please correct me if I'm wrong 😛) that I purchased 10 days ago from...
  18. L

    IS THIS NORMAL? (Shell advice)

    Hi guys! I have a Hermann tortoise about 9 years old and have had him for about 4-5 years. He’s never had any health problems so I’m hoping this is nothing bad! I’ve noticed recently that his shell has curved underneath his backside slightly. It wasn’t like this before it has happened recently...
  19. yay14

    Sunked in scute

    So i just noticed on my yearling hermann that one of his scutes is sligtly sunked in. Is this normal?
  20. yay14


    Hello everyone i recently found out my yearling hermann was not getting enough minerals in his diet. I was giving him calci dust once a week and Nutrobal once a week. So i went ahead and ordered some miner-all to give to him and while waiting for it i was going to give a mineral suipplmement i...