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Member Since 07 May 2015
Offline Last Active Sep 22 2021 10:46 PM

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In Topic: Unexpected Hatchlings Found?

13 September 2021 - 02:15 PM

Yes, keeping single female tortoises isn’t usually a problem. Groups of females, which have previously laid for years, suddenly finding themselves without the hormonal input of a male can stop laying, whilst still producing follicles. This causes follicular statis which is a serious condition that eventually kills. I guess it’s one of the problems with keeping animals in captivity and one reason why I no longer breed from my tortoises along with supporting campaigns for closure of zoos stocking non-native animals. If I could relocate my tortoises to Greece I would be first on the plane

In Topic: Unexpected Hatchlings Found?

12 September 2021 - 08:56 AM

In the U.K. outdoor hatchings are unlikely as hot weather needs to be sustained for 8 weeks which is unlikely, although I know it’s happened in the channel islands occasionally. Sex is more likely to be male.

In Topic: Unexpected Hatchlings Found?

12 September 2021 - 08:54 AM

You really shouldn’t separate the sexes as your females could develop follicular statis. The answer is to destroy eggs.....needs regular checking and digging but better than health problems in the future.

In Topic: Not Really Suitable, But Part Of Nature

31 August 2021 - 07:33 PM

They will eat each other too when a death occurs. Tortoises are opportunistic feeders and will eat slugs, snails, cat and dog poop. Not the little vegetarians we are led to believe they are ;)

In Topic: Hermanns Tortoise Age?

28 August 2021 - 09:08 PM

Does he hibernate outdoors?