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Why not to keep 2 tortoises together - a lesson learned the hard way

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by biochemnerd808, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. Shelly's Parent.

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    Sure Jtort1 you can copy the pic.
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    Glad I read this before tomorrow. Now I am not sure if I want to get the male rt...Ty for the info..
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    Great article! I do feel guilt of housing my guys separately, but it's been a week they are eating more , very active, and basking/soaking more now. They stay out when we approach, and just seem more content after all! And we learn right? I'm not too computer savvy, so I don't normally turn to one for answers, but I am so glad that I did! This forum has been a wealth of info! I'm still exploring, and learning how to navigate it, but I've spent hours reading, and am so happy to find I'm NOT the only tortoise freak out there!
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    as sead thay do not need to bond but this wuld be okay evry now and then or if you want them to breed doing this wuld be a good idia in my experince at least
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    Grandpa Turtle 144 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi
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    I'm happy your here to learn ! Have a great day !
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    same thing happened to me but i had two males and they were fighting this week so i had to split them up
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    does anybody know why changes in the enclosure would make them fight
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    Maybe because it feels like a new territory to them so they once again have to sort out the hierarchy?
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    thank you for giving your input. I do think you are right, the enclosure is a lot bigger than they are used to and they have not had heat lamps which i always use for my reptiles. they previously had a heating mat that was very small and they are already looking a lot healthier due to the lamp. i sadly did have to split them up. the weird thing is they lived together for 9 years without any problems. the big male was biting and clawing the smaller one. i just did not want them to get hurt.!!!!
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    Thank you for posting this! I'm going to a reptile expo this weekend, and I was considering getting a friend for my new sulcata! Glad I read this before I made a bad call. :)
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    Naturally males of many creatures are known to fight one another during mating season or for territory. Lucky for me, my 3 russians have lived together in harmony. Never have I seen them once bite the other. I have 2 males and 1 female. They stay together outdoors and indoors. All were purchased as adults from different breeders. Been a few humpings at times, but never have I seen any bite. I have had the 2 males for 4 years, the female for a little over a year. I did have a female prior to her for 6 years, but she died last year when I placed her alone in a nesting box. So as you said...there are circumstances and I was one of the lucky ones, lol.
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    Aggression isn’t just physical. Tortoises mainly bully mentally. You just described a potential form of bullying. Mounting is used to show dominance, and the female could be stressed by the amount of times the males try to breed her. There are other signs too, like “cuddling”, which is really crowding, “following”, which is really chasing, and others that we can’t recognize.
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    This is true, but the humping had only been a few times. I would love to have a few eggs to be honest. All 3 really keep to their own spot, never really bothering the other. They do get their personal time when its nice outside, roaming around exploring. My challenge right now are my 2 beautiful red foots Ive recently purchased. Trying to keep a steady temp, variety of food, and their daily dips in the water.....wouldn't change any of it for the world.
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    I’m thinking it should have been Thor and Loki.
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    Aw i have 2 Tortoises together they both are male so that means i need to sell one?
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    Welcome to the forum!
    If you cannot separate them and give them each the proper enclosure size of 8x4 feet (minimum), then yes, I would rehome one to someone here.
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