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RE: Housing Russians together

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Posted by: VICtort at Mon Jul 14 00:09:47 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by VICtort ]  
   

Males are ornery, always "on the make", and dominant as well. In the wild, she could probably outrun the horny devil, and get out of his territory. In an 8 X 8,not so. Be sure she has a safe retreat (mine go underground into artificial burrows), you could create caves, burrows, thick vegetation etc. She needs a place to escape him, but make sure she still gets to feed etc. If you can't design something for her, you might need to separate them. Hibernate them and reintroduce in the early Spring, maybe they will breed. How large is she? Most tortoises that are imported are much too small, about 5 years or so away from breeding size. Big females seem to be better at fending off amorous males. If the environment does not offer shelter for the female, he may relentlessly haze her and create wounds, stress, intimidation. But if you cleverly provide shelters, you can make it work. Your male is behaving normally, it is up to you to provide her a safe shelter. Mine are together year 'round, breeding size, but I have had to separate them in the past. Good luck, vic h.


   

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