10 Year Member!
- Sep 7, 2007
The following photos show the results of tortoises being reared under the southern, coastal NJ sunshine and being subjected to all 4 seasons. These 3 western Hermann’s tortoises (Testudo hermanni hermanni) were all hatched here and represent 3 different ages from 3 different distinct locales. The largest is a 5 year old from Apulia, Italy, the second largest is a 2 year old from Calabria, Italy and the smallest is a 1 year old from Mallorca, Spain. None of these have ever spent a day of their lives indoors besides the first week after hatching and have brumated naturally outdoors here. Other Testudo species including the other Hermann’s (boettgeri & “hercegovinensis”), Testudo graeca ibera, Testudo marginata and Testudo horsfieldii are all raised outdoors, year round here as well.