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Hermann's Tortoise / Obična čančara

Testudo hermanni


Hermann's tortoises are small to medium sized tortoises. Young animals, and some adults, have attractive black and yellow patterned carapaces, although the brightness may fade with age to a less distinct gray, straw or yellow coloration. They have a slightly hooked upper jaw and, like other tortoises, possess no teeth,just a strong, horny beak.Their scaly limbs are greyish to brown, with some yellow markings, and the tail bears a spur (a horny spike) at the tip. Adult males have particularly long and thick tails, and a well developed spur, distinguishing them from females.


Testudo hermanni can be found throughout southern Europe.


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Spotted on Jul 17, 2012
Submitted on Mar 15, 2013

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