A Five (5) Footed Tortoise?!!!!

You read that correctly.  A baby Eastern Hermann’s hatched January 24th, 2024 with 5 feet.   It is 100% healthy and doing fantastic, its just a little faster than the other babies…We will never know exactly what causes these types of deformities, but a-lot of theories are that it occurs due to genetic mutation, exemplified by temperature fluctuations during incubation.When those two factors play a role in the development of the embryo, it can result in extra body parts, including two heads! We have yet to name this cute little tortoise, so if you have some suggestions, please feel free to DM us on instagram (@tort.stork).  I hope you enjoy the pictures of this little guy.