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Repeated bottom swinging
Posted: 03/02/2015 by Roo

Hi, I've got a 3 year old, probably female, marginated that is living with 4 other siblings  ( probably all female) , some bigger some smaller than her, in a large tortoise table. 

Can anyone tell me why she is repeatedly swinging her bottom from side to side before settling under the heat lamp. It looks really odd as I can't see what she's trying to achieve. 
I spend ages just watching them but can't work this one out. 
Does anyone else's torts do this? I haven't seen any of my others doing it. 
I'd love to know.

Re: Repeated bottom swinging
Posted: 04/02/2015 by Tom


It's hard to say without seeing it, how long has it been doing it ?

It may have an 'itch,' or is trying to get the 'best' spot. Possibly it is to aid peristalsis.

I see that their scutes are quite raised, at 3 years old they could (dare I say should) be in hibernation, for at least 3 months, this checks their growth & helps to prevent pyramiding. 



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