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March 3, 1999

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Max, the Pet of the Day
Name: Max (Massimo)
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Hermann's Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)
Home: Pennsylvania, USA
   Max is a Mediterranean tortoise. His species is found throughout southern and southeastern Europe. Although this species of tortoise can no longer be legally imported, many hobbyists here in the US regularly breed Mediterranean tortoises. Max is currently seven inches and his maximum size will be between eight and ten inches. He is a strict herbivore, eating only calcium rich greens and occasional fruits. His color is striking when viewed in the open, but it does much to camouflage him in his native, scrubland habitat. All in all, he's a pretty active tortoise. He will hibernate in winter if given the chance. Tortoises live a very long time if cared for properly and I expect Max will be with me for many years to come.

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