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advice on breedding for first time
Posted: 17/03/2016 by danem2012

Hi all , i have a 6 year old male hermans tortoise . I have been researching tortoise breeding as it is definitley something i am interested in for the future and just wondered if any breeders could give me some advice. Obviously when the time is right i will need to find cecil a female. How do i start the process of breeding ? Sorry , i am new to this and any advice would be greatly appreciated . Thank you 

Re: advice on breedding for first time
Posted: 18/03/2016 by Tom


I think that it is a little naive of you to expect to be 'spoon fed' information on captive breeding, when all you have is a 6yr old male.

Your male needs to be at least 10 before it is introduced to a female, that gives you 4yrs to get on & do some reading.

As for your statement "I have been researching tortoise breeding" - you are joking aren't you ?

Good luck,

Re: advice on breedding for first time
Posted: 16/04/2016 by GrahamH

Hi Danem,

Assuming the above post has not put you off this forum for the rest of your life I thought I would add my 2 pence in.

Of course you have a long way to go to breeding and your first point of call is to do some reading. There is a lot of information on the internet, sites like the tortoise trust are a good start, there are also some really good books you could get. The first book I got was 'Mediterranean Tortoises', by L Jepson, but I am sure there are many other good ones.

When you get a female, make sure you know where she comes from and you keep her in quarantine to ensure she isn't going to make your other tortoise sick. You will therefore need quite a lot of space to grow your collection so make sure you consider it beforehand! 

Another point to consider is that when you one day do get hatchlings, you need to be careful they are only going to homes where they will actually be looked after, a lot of people keep tortoises in very poor conditions and have no idea they are doing so.

Good luck with your future breeding! : )


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