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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:06 PM

I purchased my Hermanns tortoise Billy Joe in 1981. We now have him almost 30 years.He is a similar size now then when we bought him.How do we determine his full age? Can anybody help?

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE (Freddy McGavin @ May 22 2010, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I purchased my Hermanns tortoise Billy Joe in 1981. We now have him almost 30 years.He is a similar size now then when we bought him.How do we determine his full age? Can anybody help?

hi i dont know if you got certs with hermanns back then but nowadays the date of their birth is on them.so i take it your hermann dosent have a cert?i think it would be pritty much imposable to age him

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 04:25 PM

Bruce is right there is no way you can tell the exact age of tortoises bought back in the fiftes, sixties and seventies. In theory if you bought him in the eighties without paperwork, then it was illeagal:0) But not many people actually new that then. I know I didnt. But when my tortoises started to breed, I sent off to DEFRA and explained where and when I bought the tortoises, they sent me the correct certs for them, once I had, had them microchipped. The few adult rehomers I took on, I did the same, and then DEFRA sent me a breeders licence for them. This means I can sell any of the hatchlings but the rehomed adult.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE (Freddy McGavin @ May 22 2010, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I purchased my Hermanns tortoise Billy Joe in 1981. We now have him almost 30 years.He is a similar size now then when we bought him.How do we determine his full age? Can anybody help?

Many thanks Bruce and Sandy for the info.concerning my Hermanns tortoise Billy Joe.It is true that I didn't get a cert with him in 1981 when I bought him From a Dublin Pet Store! I have him 30 years and he's still going strong.He was fully grown when I bought him and is quite large compared to some of the specimens I have seen on the web.He could be up to 50 years old I guess who knows?He is a male so I've never had the opportunity to breed from him.Tried to get him a female companion a number of years ago but found out later they generally don't get along in pairs.He has been hibernated every year since then.He could possibly outlive me so the only problem now is who I leave him to ha ha! He is now being introduced to a third generation of children.They truly are a great Pet. Any idea what I should look out for healthwise with him over the next number of years? Regards-Freddy

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:41 AM

Lol males and females do get on, its just that the males dont stop pestering the females to reproduce:0)
If you have an area to be able to put a female in to give her a rest then that would be fine. Also the more females to one male makes it easier on the females. I have six adult female iberas to two males. But I do have an area to put the males in to give the girls a rest. Its a biggish space so the boys dont really mind:0)

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (cyberangel @ May 23 2010, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lol males and females do get on, its just that the males dont stop pestering the females to reproduce:0)
If you have an area to be able to put a female in to give her a rest then that would be fine. Also the more females to one male makes it easier on the females. I have six adult female iberas to two males. But I do have an area to put the males in to give the girls a rest. Its a biggish space so the boys dont really mind:0)

Just like alot of men I suppose! ha ha! Regards-Freddy

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:07 PM

wouldnt mind seeing a pic of your bhoy.i love the adults

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 02:38 PM

hi guys, trying to determine the age of my Hermanns, Eugene, got him about 9 years ago when friends of wife were moving and asked us to 'look' after him until they got settled in their new home, since then no word, don't even have their new address, friend also quit her job while moving, so I assume he is ours now, unfortunately also no idea if he has any paper work, he is very friendly, loves being stroked but after a while tends to bite, no chance of sitting in the garden without shoes, he loves having the garden sprinkler on, and trying to get to the wife who is on the other side of the gate, see attached photos,  so if anybody has any suggestions on his age I would appreciate it,

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 09:22 PM

There is still new growth there, so not full grown yet, but having said that it’s more to do with size than age. Some tortoises are fully grown far too young, whilst others mature more naturally. A lot depends on what they have been fed on and how often and whether or not they have hibernated. Barriers need to be solid rather than ‘see through’ as they don’t understand barriers that are not solid and will just try to walk through them regardless of who or what is on the other side.

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 04:22 PM

thanks wizzasmum, gate not there to keep him in although he has a large garden to run around, he only hibernates for a few weeks then wakes up

 

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 09:08 PM

Does he hibernate outdoors?




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