Insular Italian Testudo hermanni hermanni

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They’re here! 2018 captive born and bred baby western Hermann’s tortoises (Testudo hermanni hermanni), ready for new homes.

This ad is for Insular (island) Italian forms/locales. The Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are home to some incredible and interesting forms of the western Hermann’s tortoise. They are currently accepted under the taxon of T. hermanni hermanni but are said to possibly be an entirely new subspecies requiring further research. The parents for these 2018 babies hail directly from their homelands some 30+ years ago and are as text-book as it can possibly get. They are the founder stock for the North American Regional Studbook. These forms greatly differ in both phenotype and genetics from their mainland cousins. To read about our genetic work and more go here:Our Genetics Project & More

Each form/locale is broken down by a brief description.

Ragusa (Sicily, Italy) $650 each- A small form, primarily colored a bight yellow with minimal black carapace markings being 4-4.5” for males & 5-5.5” for females. Trapezoid shape with narrow heads. View adults/stats here: Ragusa Page

Madonie (Sicily, Italy) $650 each- Slightly larger specimens at between 4.5-5” for males and 6-6.5” for females give or take. Greenish yellow colors. These are the famed “Sicilian Spured” hermanni that actually exhibit thigh spurs like the Greek tortoise. This is unique to their form.
View adults/stats here: Madonie Page

Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy) $750 each- The smallest known form of the western Hermann’s. Males measure 3.6 to 4” while females measure 4.5 to barely 5”. Very similar in size to the more common Egyptian tortoise. Check out our comparison here:
Coloration for Etna is a bold black with bright, rich yellow highlights.
View adults/stats here: Mount Etna Page

Sardinia, Italy $650 each- Truly the “giants” of the western subspecies attaining 6-7” for males and 7-8.5” for females. Vibrant gold with jet black. Extremely robust and impressive animals.
View adults/stats here: Sardinia Page

We have both F1 and F2 babies available. They are all 8 to 10 weeks old now, ready to go and are feeding on the following: Various weeds (clover, dandelion, catsear, plantain, thistle and vetch), hibiscus leaves & flowers, spirea, spring mix and mazuri (original formula) 1-2 times weekly.

To learn more about our animals, care and Testudo species in general, visit our growing site:

Prices listed above include packing and overnight shipping to your door, live arrival 100% guaranteed and you may pick the one(s) you want from photos.

Quantity discounts are available, please inquire. Yes, all other forms we breed will be available as well but these are ready first.

Serious inquirers only on these animals please.

The western Hermann’s tortoise is one of, if not the most endangered reptile of Western Europe today and continues to be annihilated by habitat destruction, fires, and poaching, but quite possibly the biggest threat is impurity. Finding legitimately pure specimens is a hardship but that’s exactly what our animals are. They are genetically as pure as it gets to their type and precisely tagged to a place of origin so that we are able to go as far as keeping natural forms/locales legitimate as well.

It’s important to us that they end up in the right hands with people who are serious about prolonging their existence in captivity as nothing less than the unique, beautiful animal they are. So if you’re looking for historic, legitimately pure tortoises that are absolutely rare, please contact us through this ad or the site.

For a fast response, e-mail me at: [email protected]

For testimonials, go here: Testimonials

Tortoises under 4” are for scientific/educational/research/exhibition purposes only and are not intended as pets.

We are here for lifetime support.

Chris & Casey
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