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#1 victor22

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 12:45 PM

I have 2 female Hermanns, one 8 and one 12. They are indoors now and last week a friend looked after them at her house for a few days. (No other tortoises there). For some reason hormones kicked in and the 8 year old was trying to bonk, bite and turn the other over. This continued when they came back home. I separated them for a couple of days and have now put them back together without incident.
Is this something which is likely to repeat itself?

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 02:19 PM

Most likely dominance by being placed in too small an area with too much heat. What size are they as it can also be caused by carrying eggs. Females carrying eggs without the presence of a male are at risk of egg binding or follicular statis especially when not given access to a nesting area.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 04:09 PM

You could be right, as the indoor cage was slightly smaller than their normal one. I have given her an area of deeper top soil/sand in case there are eggs




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