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#1 Guest_Andy North Croy_*

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 10:05 PM

Recently got a male Horsefield (approx. 6 years old) and was wondering if it was okay to introduce a younger member of the species, poss. 1 and a half or 2 years old......advice please!!

I have 2 enclosures but was hoping it was okay for them to share.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:18 AM

Horsfields are probably one of the hardest speices to mix. Especially with a male. I know a breeder of horsfields, who mixed her own hatchlings of different ages together. One bit the other in the eye, and eventually the tortoise died. Equally she repeated this with different hatchlings and had no problems.
But mixing a six year old with a smaller tortoise, especially a male, will in most cases cause problems, as the older one will want to dominate the younger to prove he is alpha male.
It would have more of a chance of working, if they were outside, in a larger enclosure. As they have more chance of getting away from each other. Inside most enclosures are just not large enough for one to get away from another.
Others might have a different opinion:0)




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