Western Hermann’s, Sicilian Madonie locale hatchling


These particular yearlings are the ONLY two F2 Madonie Sicilian hatchlings in the Untied States of America.  They have stud book numbers from the most current stud book update by Chris Leone at Hermanni Haven. Our adults were purchased from his stock 6 years ago.  They were the first hatchlings from his Madonie group and we raised them to adults.  March of 2018 they laid their first 2 eggs.  In May of 2018 they hatched.  These are for enthusiasts that care about the species of hermannii hermannii.  These tortoises are considered a Western Hermann’s “collectors” dream.

Testudo hermanni hermanni, also known as Sicilian western Hermann’s from Madonie.  These Inuslar (island dwelling) tortoises come from the largest island in the Mediterranean sea, Sicily.  Our Adult breeding group comes from the “Madonie”. The Madonie are one of the most well known mountain groups in Palermo (a historic city found in the northwest of the Sicilian island) which feature the highest elevations on Sicily. They range from 5.75″ to 7″ for females and 4.25” to 5.75″for males. The color of their carapace is a vibrant bright yellow with black markings. There are some distinct features that are seen on Sicilian western Hermann’s. On the fifth vertebral scute, they feature a symbol that is reminiscent of a “keyhole” or “mushroom cloud.” The plastron is where Testudo hermanni hermanni exhibits its most characteristic feature. Two unmistakable black stripes run parallel along the midline and are completely separated from each other.The formation of the stripes is important in that they start pointed in at each other, widen out towards the middle and taper back toward each other at their ends.  A subocular spot is present.  This bright yellow spot or patch is found on either side of the head is just under and behind each eye. This is when one to two black stripes or smudges are found on the inner sides of the gular scutes on the plastron, which is underneath the throat. It is noticeable on hatchlings right out of the egg but can also turn up within the first year.

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