Elongated Breeding Size

Huckleberry

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Hi all,

I am a tortoise enthusiast living in SE Asia. I have 4 elongated tortoises (1 male, 3 females).

The females are 10-11 inches long and weigh 2200-2800 grams. The male is 7 inches and weighs 800 grams.

Question: Is it mechanically possible for a male this small to mate with a much larger female?

He definitely gives it his best effort, but I'm not sure he has the (ahem) length needed for the job.
 

mrscruffy

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Hi Huck,

It sure is possible and funny, albeit too aggressive at times.. My little guy is almost half the size of my biggest female. Yet, they have successfully reproduced.

Cheers
Scruffy
 

Huckleberry

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Hey Scruffy, good to hear! It's pretty hilarious to watch the proceedings. My largest female has taken to ramming him back.

Thanks for the response!
 

Huckleberry

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Nothing to report, TammyJ. I moved the male into the females' enclosure and he seems to have calmed down a bit. None of the females show significant weight gain (maybe 200 grams more than a month ago).
 

Huckleberry

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I know this is an old post.. but how long approximately after mating did they lay eggs?
It's hard to put a number on it, since they do a lot of mating and the females nest at different times. I would guess around 6 weeks to 2 months.
 
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