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How old do Hermanns need to be before breeding..

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#1 Guest_Steven Court_*

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:03 AM

How old do Hermanns have to be before they can breed .. or what size should they be.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 07:21 AM

Its not age that counts but size, in the wild tortoises will start breeding from about 15-20yrs of age. As they grow really slowly. In captivity when inexperienced keepers over feed their tortoises (which means they dont live as long a life as in the wild) they can start to breed from as early as six years old. Which is not good for the health of the tortoise.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:07 PM

Hi Steven
As you have noted it is wither an age or size thing. My females lay when they are around a kilo in weight - breeding from them younger than this is not really very good for their health. If grown the same as nature intended, then around 10-15 years is the norm. This is what we noted in a sanctuary situation in their natural habitat.

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