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Hello
I'm new here and was advised to post in this specific area for answers.
Yesterday I picked up 2 Bells Hinge Back tortoises, they are super. I know for sure I have a boy because he showed me whilst he was being bathed! The other one I really do not know yet. I really hope I have a pair but will be happy regardless. It would be great to be able to support this species by helping them to breed successfully in captivity.

As I am new to this species I was wondering if you had any advice regarding their care, tortoise enclosures, best conditions etc?
Right now they are in a vivarium but they will be moved to a home made tortoise table when we have designed something.

My red foots are in a home made table the size of a twin bed so have lots of room to roam.

Wondering too about the insect part of the diet and how best to meet this especially during the winter when we can't hunt worms. I can get meal worms etc occasionally but being rural we are not in a major city for them often enough. My Red foots get a bit of rehydrated cat food occasionally-would that be suitable too?
Would you please take a look at photos of my Bells and see if you think you could sex the one in question?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
thank you!
 

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Sorry, if you posted pictures, they are not showing.
 

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Jacqui said:
Sorry, if you posted pictures, they are not showing.
Hi Jacqui
Sorry I hadn't attached any yet as I wasn't sure how to
Louise
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Jacqui said:
Sorry, if you posted pictures, they are not showing.
Hi Jacqui
Sorry I hadn't attached any yet as I wasn't sure how to
Louise
These are photos taken in their previous home I'll take some new ones today especially of their underside to hopefully get opinions on their sex.
Thanks
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Well you have the picture posting down well now! :) Like I said in the email last night, glad you bought them as they both look very nice. Look forward to seeing the next pictures!

Jacqui
 

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Don't know anything about that particular tortoise, but they both look very good..
 

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Jacqui said:
Well you have the picture posting down well now! :) Like I said in the email last night, glad you bought them as they both look very nice. Look forward to seeing the next pictures!

Jacqui

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Ok I hope these are clear enough.
Thanks in advance
Louise

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Jacqui said:
Well you have the picture posting down well now! :) Like I said in the email last night, glad you bought them as they both look very nice. Look forward to seeing the next pictures!

Jacqui



Ok I hope these are clear enough.
Thanks in advance
Louise


Hi again
I just took a couple more photos of them side by side
Louise
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Tortoise said:
Jacqui said:
Well you have the picture posting down well now! :) Like I said in the email last night, glad you bought them as they both look very nice. Look forward to seeing the next pictures!

Jacqui



Ok I hope these are clear enough.
Thanks in advance
Louise

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Jacqui said:
Well you have the picture posting down well now! :) Like I said in the email last night, glad you bought them as they both look very nice. Look forward to seeing the next pictures!

Jacqui



Ok I hope these are clear enough.
Thanks in advance
Louise


Hi again
I just took a couple more photos of them side by side
Louise




Nice looking Torts! Welcome to the forum!
 

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They both look male to me. They are also pretty young, since it looks like neither of them has formed their hinge yet.
 

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Louise, I really hope I am wrong, but I think you have two males. Almost looks like they may have had some shell rot (or is that just how the picture is making it seem?).
 

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Thanks for all your opinions on the sex.
I value your opinions but hoping you are wrong!!!:D:D

One thing though the one in question hasn't flashed me yet (the other one has twice now) and doesn't have the slight cave in its shell.Its hard to show that on the photos , or maybe I'm too excited and just hoped for a pair!

Well rest assured I'm really going to enjoy these guys whatever. I have to say that in all my years with tortoises I have not been pooped and peed on so many times.I have been bugging them by photographing their bits and pieces-I guess its their revenge!!

They eat well and will take food from hands too so not as shy as I had anticipated-these were captive bred too so have had a few years to get used to people.

Thanks again everyone for the support.

Louise:tort::tort::tort:
 
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