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#1 babettebeau

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:47 AM

Hello

I have a question…do female Hermann tortoises lay eggs even if they don’t mate with a male? If yes, when would they lay these eggs if they don’t mate?

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:18 PM

It does happen sometimes, but is more usual if theyve laid eggs in the past. Theres no pattern as to when they lay, it can be any time. If a tortoise has regularly laid eggs, its a good idea to let a male run with them occasionally as they can develop follicular status, which is a build up of eggs that havent been shelled. This can kill. So, when people say not to rehome a female with males (as some rehoming organisations frequently do) its always worth asking if theyve laid eggs previously :)

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 06:43 PM

Hi Sue
So if my understanding is correct, female Hermann tortoises don't lay eggs like hens, do they? I mean hens lay eggs even if they don't live with a cockerel.

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 09:54 PM

Not quite like hens, as on a daily basis, as they don’t have a need to care for their eggs. I’m not well up on the physiology of birds lol




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