I've been doing this for long enough now that I should be able to distinguish between the Graeca and Hermanni tortoises. Can anyone post side-by-side pictures of each, top and bottom, so I can compare and see why I'm having so much trouble getting the hang of it? I can post pictures, but I...
Hermann's have a black splotch on most of the scutes of their plastron that turn into symmetrical longitudinal bands on either side as they grow. That's what your little guy seems to have going on.
Greeks tend to have one big, non-symmetrical black splotch that covers most of the plastron but there is some variation with them.
I’m back with another reference pic, here she is next to my Hermann’s, and before anyone gets on to me, I DO not soak them
Together anymore, no worries. The Hermann’s is on the right and she’s in the left.
HOW TO IDENTIFY HERMANN'S TORTOISES This is a newly updated (2018) thread explaining how to tell apart the subspecies or "types" of Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni ssp). Before reading on, it's crucial for you to understand that telling the Hermann's tortoises apart is not always easy. In...
This does not look like a Western Hermann's the color variation is much brighter. Could be more on the greek side POSSIBLY an eastern hermanns I am aiming towards. YOU can't miss a western hermann's. Coloring is very vibrant and beautiful.