Keeping tortoise together - not

AgataP

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This is post from Instagram posted by tortstork.
Wanted to share with others, to help understand what can happen even when you think this would never happen.

http://instagr.am/p/CF9clPcMKhT/
This is not intended to be used in any negative way towards anyone. This is meant to spread awareness and to show how little we still know about tortoises.
 

Toddrickfl1

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I saw this and thought about sharing it here.
Damn understand the tortoise started eating the dead one, but what killed it! How old are the torts? You may not know... just wondering
Supposedly they were both kept together in a closed chamber.
 

Yvonne G

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The shell and skeleton are very pliable on babies. It is quite possible for the RF to have started eating the head, arms and legs, then the insides of the other tortoise. I've seen this same thing with baby box turtles. Don't fool yourselves into dismissing this precept. It's real, folks.
 
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Chubbs the tegu

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The shell and skeleton are very pliable. It is quite possible for the RF to have started eating the head, arms and legs, then the insides of the other tortoise. I've seen this same thing with baby box turtles. Don't fool yourselves into dismissing this precept. It's real, folks.
But to go to wrk and come home to that? U think it could happen that quickly? It just seems unrealistic.. but ur more knowledgable than me.
 

Tom

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But to go to wrk and come home to that? U think it could happen that quickly? It just seems unrealistic.. but ur more knowledgable than me.
Absolutely. When you put a meal out for your tortoise, how long does it take to eat it? RFs are opportunistic and in some cases predatory. We had another case a couple years ago where we told the lady to separate the two RFs, and six weeks later she came back saying one had eaten the tail and back leg of the other one and it was still alive.

Lesson #1: Never mix species.
Lesson #2: Never keep them in pairs.

We say this all the time here, but some people choose to ignore it.
 

Chubbs the tegu

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Absolutely. When you put a meal out for your tortoise, how long does it take to eat it? RFs are opportunistic and in some cases predatory. We had another case a couple years ago where we told the lady to separate the two RFs, and six weeks later she came back saying one had eaten the tail and back leg of the other one and it was still alive.

Lesson #1: Never mix species.
Lesson #2: Never keep them in pairs.

We say this all the time here, but some people choose to ignore it.
I agree about not keeping in pairs and i believe a baby could nip a tail or leg.. i just wouldnt think could do so much damage to shell. Like i said u all are more knowledgable and i learn something new everyday
 

Chubbs the tegu

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Absolutely. When you put a meal out for your tortoise, how long does it take to eat it? RFs are opportunistic and in some cases predatory. We had another case a couple years ago where we told the lady to separate the two RFs, and six weeks later she came back saying one had eaten the tail and back leg of the other one and it was still alive.

Lesson #1: Never mix species.
Lesson #2: Never keep them in pairs.

We say this all the time here, but some people choose to ignore it.
And i am so so sorry mr knowledgable haha
 
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AgataP

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I wanted to share this because I see often posts “we got two, three .... they live together, they great ..... “ sometimes picture help understand......
and tortstork have a good reputation from what I read around.
 

AgataP

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Damn understand the tortoise started eating the dead one, but what killed it! How old are the torts? You may not know... just wondering

I know nothing else than what you can see on the post. It’s public so I think everyone can read it.
Everything seemed “perfect” minus the keeping together part.
Like I said educational purpose only and for no believers.
 
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