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Russian Tortoises....some info?

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Posted by: stephieB at Sun Jun 12 09:09:23 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by stephieB ]  
   

Hi,
I would appreciate any help/ advice from other Russian Tortoise keepers.
I have two delightful Russians that I have kept for around 18mths now...who give me no end of fun. When I first took them to the vets for a check up before Christmas I was told the larger was around 3 1/2 years old.... the smaller around 1 1/2 years old. The larger is obviously a male having become very sexually active last summer and over the last few weeks has begun again.. flashing constantly and chasing the little un around desperate to mate. I often pull him/ her aside? but they then go searching out the older one so I presume they cant be too stressed even despite the larger one nipping etc all the time. This week though I walked in to find the larger one with the whole of the smaller ones front foot in his mouth and the baby looking stressed. And for a few days the little un wouldnt come out or eat?
Does anyone know whether I should now keep these apart? Can the younger one get hurt/ depressed by this rough attempt at sex... can I do anything to subdue the larger ones appetite? and can I guess that the younger one is probably female for all the attention it is getting?
Id appreciate any help..

Ta, Steph.


   

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