Is this a Hermanns tortoise?

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HelloBella

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HI

This is the first time I've posted on here. I've recently adopted a 6 year old tortoise from a friend of mine who is moving abroad. My friend has always believed she was a Hermanns and has reared her as such, however the more I read about the differences between species, the more I find my tortoise Bella is ticking the boxes for a Horsfield tortoise.

This is concerning as I understand although Horsfields are more hardy to temperature fluctuations, Hermanns are more resiliant to the damp environment of a UK garden and can be kept outside during the summer.

I have posted some pictures below, could anyone identify whicch species my Bella is. (And if she's a Hermanns, which sub-species?)

Many Thanks :shy:
 

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HelloBella said:
HI

This is the first time I've posted on here. I've recently adopted a 6 year old tortoise from a friend of mine who is moving abroad. My friend has always believed she was a Hermanns and has reared her as such, however the more I read about the differences between species, the more I find my tortoise Bella is ticking the boxes for a Horsfield tortoise.

This is concerning as I understand although Horsfields are more hardy to temperature fluctuations, Hermanns are more resiliant to the damp environment of a UK garden and can be kept outside during the summer.

I have posted some pictures below, could anyone identify whicch species my Bella is. (And if she's a Hermanns, which sub-species?)

Many Thanks :shy:


That is a Russian tortoise, Hermann is more higher domed.
 

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It is a Russian (Steppe, Horsfield, Asian-all acceptable common names) tortoise, Testudo horsfieldi. They are temperate desert species. They tolerate very cold temperates well but dampness at cool temperatures should be avoided at all costs. Ambient humidity should be in the mid range, 45-55%.
 
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