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Hermann shell curling
Posted: 20/01/2015 by jessford85

Hello - me again!!

It's so obvious I'm a beginner (ish) when it comes to tortoises as I ask a million questions! Thanks to everyone for your help so far. 

My 2 year old Herm Tort (Clive) has just come out of his second hibernation. It went well and he's back to his usual habits when it comes to sleeping, eating etc. he's really active and seems perfectly fine - phew. 

We have noticed that the back of his shell just above his tail curls under - is this normal? I have read this could be a way to sex him, and he is definitely a he, trust me....!

Is this curling normal? We are worried its going to continue to curl under and end up a problem. We didn't really notice anything before his hibernation. 

Any advice would be great. 

Thanks everyone! 

Jess and Clive  🐢 

Re: Hermann shell curling
Posted: 21/01/2015 by Tom

Hello Jess & Clive,

It's normal in males. 
It's good that it has had a short hibe., as the change in shape has started early. It could have 4 months next winter.
It is obviously growing quickly, so if scutes appear raised, reduce the photoperiod.


Re: Hermann shell curling
Posted: 27/01/2015 by jessford85

Hi Tom

Thanks for your reply. Glad it's normal in males. 

I'm such a worrier! I just panic something is wrong with him. 

You've put my mind at ease - thank you. 

Next winter we will give him a longer hibe. 


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