Coming back from helping Nadia organize her room at school yesterday, we found this beautiful Hermann’s Tortoise on the side of our entrance street in Dedinje. We brought it back over to our garden and tried to feed it some spinach and water, but it immediately headed for the gate, disregarding our food. Before it headed back down the road, we did snap some photos, to aid identification. We guessed it was an adult female, due to the size and the shape and color of the carapace.
Hermann’s Tortoise is native to Eastern Europe and the eastern subspecies (boettgeri) is found in Serbia. I am not sure if this particular specimen was an escaped pet, or lives in the area. We do have some open meadows and forested parks, so it is conceivable that it is wild. The kids loved watching the tortoise and made a shelter for her, hoping she would come back to live in our garden. In Serbian, it is known as šumska kornjača.