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RE: Russian Tortoises....some info?

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Posted by: VICtort at Mon Jun 13 03:08:00 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by VICtort ]  
   

Dear Steph, It is quite likely your little one is under a lot of stress, and can not avoid it. Male horsefieldi are usually amorous and always cantankerous. Their incessant attacks may force the smaller animal into excessive hiding, restricting its feeding and basking opportunity. I think you should separate them or make very clever visual barriers, terraces etc. like EJ suggested. I try to mix my males with much larger females, even then the females are often on the run. Biting can get out of hand, resulting in ripped foreleg guard scales, bleeding faces etc. Dean Shoefeit, an accomplished breeder showed me a good trick when dealing with breeding attempts. Place a thin veneer of duct tape on the females forelegs, leaving a flap so the males will focus on attacking that and minimizing damage to the female. It worked well for me one season, but they are less nasty this season. I hope your little one can get some peaceful days in the Sun, and not be forced into eternal retreat... Good luck, Vic


   

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