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Posted: 01/12/2009 by lorraine

hi could any one let me no do all spur thighs ram.thanks

Re: spur thighs
Posted: 01/12/2009 by tpgAli

Hi Lorraine,

To be honest im not 100% sure but my iberas ram each other bad. All tortoises show different patterns of behaviour, horsfields do not ram they head bob and bite the heads of the females, hermanns can be nasty bastards too :-) andi knopw they can ram for England.

Whats the problem?


Re: spur thighs
Posted: 02/12/2009 by Tara

Hi Lorraine, I am new to keeping Tortoises and can't believe the way the male spur thigh rams the female !! we are in Egypt and there is no  good advice here so I am delighted to have found this site! Are they bulling the female or trying it on? when you know ..let me know !! if it's down to the male trying to mate her then I will have to think about gettting another couple of females to give this one a break !! first of all I need to see whats going on with the two I have and their health problems. Kind Regards Tara

Re: spur thighs
Posted: 02/12/2009 by lorraine

hi ali ive just bought a baby spurthigh but i already av a 3 year old spurthigh and wen i put the baby one in the tank he was rammin it so ive put it in a seperate tank,he also rams my female herman but loves my male herman.

Re: spur thighs
Posted: 02/12/2009 by lorraine

hi tara i have a 3 year old spurthigh a 5 year old herman,a 3 year old female herman and just bought a year old spurthigh but my 3 year old spurthigh who is a male kept rammin my 3 year old female herman so i put er in a seperate tank but my male spurthigh loves my male herman and never goes to ram him so i got my baby spurthigh yeaterday and he rammed him as well,this is a really gud site isnt it you can find loads out about tortoises.lorraine

Re: spur thighs
Posted: 03/12/2009 by VivTPG

Hi Lorraine,  all your torts are still too young to sex for definite, it could be that the 3 yr old spur thigh could turn out to be male the way its acting or the tort could be displaying dominence. 

With the baby you have just bought, it should be kept in quarantine away from the other spur thigh for at least three months, then if it ok you could introduce them slowly.

With regard to your Hermanns and Spur thighs they are different species and should not be put together.  Each species can carry diseases/pathogens that could harm the other species, also as you are experiencing they each have their own mating rituals, which again can  cause stress and harm to the other species.  Its in the torts best interest to house them separately.

Hope this helps, any questions just fire away!!Click and drag me down to the editor

Regards Vivienne


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