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Tortoise bit off the head of cage mate.

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Kyleb43, May 13, 2019.

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  1. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator

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    in that case the tortoise may have died and the other one may have scavenged (?) it. They eat dead things in the wild
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    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    That's what I told them probably was the case, and is probably the case with the OPs Russian.
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    Either is possible in both cases impossible to tell one way or the other
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    I'm thinking this must be the case too. They are opportunistic and they do occasionally eat meat in the wild.
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    Incredibly sad however it happened :(
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    I agree with the above that is probably what happened, the tortoise died and then was nibbled on. However, the bullying probably stressed the tortoises out and had a contributing factor to its death in the first place. So bullying still killed both of those tortoises.
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    Thanks for the advice, folks.
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    I’m so sorry this happened to that poor baby.... yes do keep the other two apart...
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    This is quite horrible and I am sorry it happened. Keep them separated and secure the enclosures from predators like dogs, rats, hawks, raccoons etc.
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    Is it possible the turtle died and the other turtle started biting at it? Sorry for your loss.
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    This is so sad. I am so sorry for your experience as much as for your loss. How awful.

    I do have to agree with everyone else that I hope at least this is a learning experience for all that tortoises should not be housed together. They are solitary animals.
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    Oh my gosh I am so sorry this happened. This is a good place to find good answers.
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    Very sad.I was thinking of getting a friend for my tort but I think I will play it safe.I have heard that males can be pretty aggressive towards each other.
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    each other, females, shoes, rocks, walls, pretty much anything
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    Any tortoise can be aggressive to any tortoise.
    Especially in an enclosure that is small.
    Groups only work in very large areas. And even then, they don't always work.
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    I think Mark1 is right . The tortoise died & the others decided on a spot of cannibalism. I have never seen one of my tortoises bite one another. Even as they eat together , I watch to see the babies eating with the adults , a baby’s head almost touching the adults mouths, but they have never come to harm.
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    I wonder if keeping tortoises from the same family can make them less aggressive.
    The smell of an alien might spur them to fight.
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    Thank you for those of you who posted info about bullying signs. I am considering getting another Russian and will definitely be using a separate enclosure if I do.
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    I have to admit this thread (the photos) gave me nightmares. But it's probably a good lesson as to what may happen. I just never saw such an extreme example, if it was really a fight and decapitation, which I also doubt. I think it died first and its head was the easiest thing to get at.
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    That's what I was wondering too. A dog or likely a cat being no other chew Mark's like a dog would do more so then a cat
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