Despite its location next to the heat lamp, the water in the pond was never very warm. This might have deterred Herman from entering the pond, but the edge provided a unique challenge for him. As he wound his way around his home in the afternoons, Herman would walk down the ramp and then scale the wall to land next to his grazing dish. He didn’t always land gracefully, but that didn’t bother him. Graceful wasn’t a word used to describe tortoises anyway.