at Mon Aug 8 21:03:42 2011 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by terrapene ]
Here is Louie, a 6 year old CB male EBT, attempting to mate with Sonny, a very old male EBT. Louie has consistently ignored the 3 female adult EBTs in the habitat, as well as the other adult male EBT. He steadfastly pursues Sonny, much to Sonny's consternation. My outdoor habitat is quite large, nearly 200 square feet, with plenty of visual barriers (shrubs, logs, etc). When Louie is pursuing Sonny and I pull them apart, place them at opposite ends of enclosure, Louie will literally RUN the length of the enclosure until he finds Sonny again, and attempt mating vigorously. Last year I chalked it up to youthful exuberance, but now I am convinced Louie is a monogamous homosexual box turtle. I have been breeding box turtles for over a decade in this habitat and never seen anything like this. Of course homosexuality is a natural phenomenon and has been reported in most animal species, however, it is kind of cool to see it so well defined in this EBT of mine.
Sloop John B
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