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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 grayish 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. This is a female specimen but I know that because she lives with a male who is much smaller and they are always around my garden ;)
It can be found throughout southern Europe.
Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/197...