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Periods of activity and hibernation
The Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) is a diurnal species active 8 to 9 months per year. Its daily activity peaks from mid-March to mid-June and from September until its hibernation in mid-November. At the height of summer, it regulates its temperature by seeking shade (photo). From mid-November to mid-March, the Hermann's tortoise hibernates by burying itself in the ground and often leaves the top of its shell outcrop, making it vulnerable to mechanized works.
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