Activity cycle


Hermann’s tortoises are active for 8 to 9 months, from the first half of March until mid-November, with activity peaks in May-June and September-October.
It is a diurnal species, active on a daily basis from March to mid-June and from September until hibernation.



Hibernation lasts from mid-November to mid-March. During this period, they bury themselves in the ground, by a rock, a shrub orin a wooded area, often leaving the upper part of their carapace
above ground, which makes them vulnerable to mechanized operations (flailing, etc.).

Life_tortue_hermann_84_soptom_cycle_annuel.jpgA year tortoise (SOPTOM, 2012).