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    Western, Dalmatian & Eastern Hermann's babies - direct from the breeder

    Western Hermann's, Testudo hermanni hermanni, hatched here throughout this past winter. Very colorful, well started, strong and active. $350 each. Dalmatian Hermann's, Testudo hermanni hercegovinensis, hatched here throughout this past winter. From small colorful parents, well started, strong...
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    Dalmatian Hermann's, CB'21, Direct from the breeder

    Dalmatian Hermann's, Testudo hermanni hercegovinensis. These are well started, healthy and active babies born from small colorful adults. All of the babies that I offer come with lifetime care support. Live delivery is guaranteed. I accept Paypal as payment. Shipping cost is in addition to the...
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    Southern Ibera Greeks, CB'21, direct from the breeder

    Southern Ibera Greek tortoises, Testudo ibera. These are true Southern race Ibera born from my original wild caught adults that were imported into the U.S. in small numbers back in the late 1980's. Very few have been imported since and there are just a hand full of people breeding them. The...
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    Eastern Hermann's babies, cb'21, direct from the breeder

    Eastern Hermann's, Testudo hermanni boettgeri. The ad photos are examples of just a few of them. All are born from my captive born or very long term (20+ years) captive adults. These babies are strong, healthy, active and currently being housed outdoors in natural enclosures. All of the babies...
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    Hermann's Identification and Shell Deformity?

    Based on the visible physical characteristics, this tortoise is a male Dalmatian Hermann's, Testudo hermanni hercegovinensis. Split scutes, much like temperature sex determination (TSD) is not a guarantee of one gender or the other. While the majority of tortoises born with split or additional...
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    bulb reccomendations?

    Any incandescent (not soft white) or halogen lamps will work to produce basking heat. Wattage and mounting distance required will vary based on the ambient room temperature, the type of lamp being used and the area to be heated. For a hatchling size Hermann's and other Northern Mediterranean...
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    Mazzuri Small Tortoise Diet LS

    I've never had any luck with getting any of my tortoises to eat the Mazuri LS pellets. They all love the larger, original pellets. I always soak them in warm water to soften them and mix them with greens, regardless of whether it's for babies or adult tortoises.
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    Paint or wood sealant--health hazards?

    Speaking from my experience as a carpenter who did a lot of painting and staining, the exterior finish that you use depends very much on your local environment in terms of how effective it is going to be protecting the exterior wood. In most areas water sealers, transparent stains...
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    Weird that I don’t “interact” with my Tortoise?

    Not weird at all. I have not "interacted" with my tortoises and turtles for over 35 years! I believe in giving them every possible resource I can for them to act as naturally as possible (despite being in captivity). I I respect them as animals, not as playthings for my amusement. I want them to...
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    Squeaking seems more like communication

    Tortoises do not use sound to communicate in normal situations. The exception to that is while courting and breeding. Males become very vocal during courting and especially during actual copulation by making several different levels of hissing and clucking vocalizations. Squeaking sounds are...
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    Natural sunlight or UVB fixture?

    I've been keeping, breeding and raising tortoises and turtles for over 35 years in the Catskills Mountains of New York State and have brumated Northern Testudo species, specifically Eastern Hermann's, Ibera Greeks and Russian tortoises, along with some turtle species outdoors for most of that...
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    Natural sunlight or UVB fixture?

    Exposure to natural sunlight available or not, it's still a good to have UV exposure indoors too. It helps to maintain a tortoises natural routine. Their every function is determined by temperatures and light duration & intensity. In order to promote and maintain that active routine they need...
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    Are these common enclosures?

    This size of enclosure is only suitable for very small tortoises, no larger than 2-3", even that is really too small. Tortoises are obviously very terrestrial animals and require as much, uncluttered square footage as possible to roam and explore. The larger the enclosure that one can provide...
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    Golden threat pond turtle sick

    Do you have a UVB light and basking light set up for your turtle?
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    Western Hermann's baby

    Western Hermann's tortoise, Testudo hermanni hermanni, captive born baby, 2 weeks old. From my Tuscan region adults. Eating, drinking, active and ready to go to a new home. $300 Price does not include shipping. Email me your zip code for a shipping cost. I accept money orders and Paypal. Please...
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    Dalmatian Hermann's female

    Dalmatian Hermann's, Testudo hermanni hercegovinensis, Long term captive, lives outdoors 24/7, very colorful, healthy and extremely active. Has produced eggs this year. $300 Price does not include shipping. Email me with a zip code for an accurate shipping cost. I accept money orders and Paypal...
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    What Brand of Cypress Mulch

    Cypress bark mulch is pretty much cypress bark mulch. Many home and garden stores have it available under their own brand name or in bulk. When purchasing just ensure that the pieces are sized appropriately for what you are using it for, that it is dye and chemical (pesticides & herbicides) free...
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    My Hermann wont eat

    Well first, it's not unusual for a tortoise that has been moved to a new environment to stop eating for a few days, even a week or more. But at the same time they will usually hide a lot too. Tortoises are very much creatures of habit and will establish a routine within their environment based...
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    My Hermann wont eat

    Despite not eating is he still active? Is he drinking regularly? What are the temperatures (day, night & basking) and humidity level in his indoor enclosure? How old or how big is he?
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    Turtle vs tortoise

    This is a question that you'll get a hundred different answers from a hundred different people! Back when I used to do educational talks on tortoises and turtles to school children and other groups the question would always come up and this what I would tell them (straight off my cue cards!)...