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Tortoise bit off the head of cage mate.

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Kyleb43, May 13, 2019.

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  1. Russiantortylady

    Russiantortylady Member Tortoise Club

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    So sorry for your loss, i just proves that I guess one of them snapped............
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    Lyn W Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    So sorry to hear this - it is very upsetting.
    Please separate the others asap or you'll lose another.
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    Wow!
    I was the most surprised of all when I read the post about red foots.....
    But scavenging seems more likely. But I really wouldn't know anything to contribute. I've only ever had Artemis. Now I'm never letting her/ he have herd mates.
    Has anyone ever witness two red foots torts face off in such an extreme fight? I thought that they were tolerant of other red foots compared to other species. Well I never want to see something like that happen! I hope it was just scavenging!
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  4. gilamonsterxxl

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    Let me start by saying sorry for your loss.

    I have been keeping reptiles of many sorts for decades. The one rule I can say is “if it can happen it will eventually happen”.

    I would suggest that if you see any aggression, it will most likely get worse before it gets better. It’s not worth the chance to hope for the best.
  5. Koopa And Roxie

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    Hi I'm new to this website and I've never seen anything like this before. My male Moroccan Greek Tortoise, Koopa will often beat up (ram or bite) my other tort, a female Sulcata, Roxie. But I didn't know it could be this lethal. Were they outside when this happened? I so it could have been a cat or something. Are they all the same species? If not depending on their size and bit force it could be possible one of her tank mates did this.

    Sorry about your loss. :(
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    Please be sure that you’re tortoises do not have access to each other. Tortoises, especially the species you listed, are solitary creatures that should never be kept in pairs. In addition, it is extremely dangerous for species to be mixed because of their different care and pathogens, which can be fatal to either tortoise.

    If they are being housed together, definitely get them separated. They should never be in a position where they’re able to attack each other, or come in contact in general.
  7. Koopa And Roxie

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    Yeah, I got Koopa in 2015, and Roxie in 2017, thought Koopa was lonely. But he wasn't. He was just grumpy. We've got two different cages for them though.
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    I couldn't agree more with Technocheese. Keep them separate. They both should have outdoor enclosures if possible. That sulcata will need a big outdoor space, not a cage within just a few years of hatching.
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  9. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I tend to agree with this assessment.
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  10. Koopa And Roxie

    Koopa And Roxie New Member

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    Yeah, both torts have an indoor cage and an outdoor enclosure. But I always need to keep an eye on the temp sometimes they overheat when their pool is filled.
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