Saturday, 6 October 2018
Meet Stanley !
This is our youngest grand-daughter with Stanley … he is a Hermann’s Tortoise. They are native to southern parts of Europe, and Hermann’s enjoy temperatures between 73*F to 99*F (23*C -37*C). Stanley has a special heat lamp in his 'table-house'. Hermann's are one of the most readily available tortoises in the pet trade market and is partly due to this breeds intelligence as they have been known to recognize their owners. This breed grows to about 10 inches (25cm).
Stanley was a special gift from 'Father Christmas' and he is being very well cared for …
This may seem a strange thing to say, but he is quite a character! He loves exploring his table-house terrain and when he's awake seems to enjoy being part of the conversation because he moves himself so that he's near to where the families voices are coming from, it really is quite sweet.
The oldest known Hermann’s tortoise in the UK was over 110 years! This is a rare case, but a happy and healthy Hermann’s tortoise should be expected to live for over 50 years so they are certainly a long term commitment. Stanley, (like other Hermann's), is a vegetarian and enjoys a diet which has a lot of different dark leafy greens... he tucks into them.
All the best Jan