Aggressive behavior

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Sep 5, 2011
I have a female Egyptian tortoise from 20 years; last January I got her a male. Although he is younger than her, he is mature. Matting was done and my female tortoise laid 7 eggs in March , till that time everything was good.
Few weeks ago I noticed the male is trying to mount her but she is always refusing him , I thought she might be pregnant again .
Few days ago I came from work to find some blood on the floor, I lost my mind! Since I ‘m keeping them in my balcony I though an animal attacked them or something (which never happened before ) I checked them but could not find whose bleeding and from where the blood is coming. I gave them worm bath feed them as usual and I moved them to another balcony.
For a second time I came from work to find blood on the floor and the young male is turned on his back... I understand it was her attacking him. Immediately I separate them.
Only under my supervision I put them together (for few minutes) trying to understand what is going on. What I’m seeing is very aggressive behavior from the male once he saw her; he ran very fast toward her trying to mount her, bite her arms and rams her shell, as if he is trying revenge.
I do not know why all this, they had good relation for few months before with no troubles, is it because she refuse matting? I’m not sure if she is already pregnant again or not. Any idea?! I read before that male need at least 4 to 5 females is it true?
I’m tired keeping them separate as I have to clean 2 places instead of 1 and mam is yelling at me too.
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His actions are typical of Testudo species courtship. Biting, ramming, head bobbing and attempting to mount her is a normal part of this. If the female is not receptive he will continue to go through the motions, probably pursuing her relentlessly. The only way to prevent it is to keep them seperate except when you intend to breed them. Generally Testudo kleinmanni are seasonal breeders so you may have to figure out their schedule. Keeping a single female with a male can be very stressful for the both. The male may constantly and relentlessly pursue her to the point of injury as well as her trying to constantly hide from him.
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